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Since SEX POSITIVE began making the film festival rounds in 2007, I’ve traveled to 16 cities and many universities to answer questions following screenings.  Now that SEX POSITIVE is available on DVD, I’ve been receiving fascinating emails from people around the world.  Safe sex education has gone awry in many places, but what I learned on my travels is that there’s hope in the wisdom of ordinary people who’ve figured out on their own what they need to do to stay safe.

Many questions people have could be answered best by posting my safe sex archives here online.  That way, people can draw their own conclusions.   Because it’s an organized way to begin, I’m starting this archive with my work on safe sex; later I’ll be adding the work of others.  In addition to providing a front-line look at what happened when safe sex began, I hope that, in time, this archive/blog will be a useful research resource and help inform sexually active people to navigate their own journeys.

Since this is about sex, beware of graphic content. I’ve posted the booklet HOW TO HAVE SEX IN AN EPIDEMIC; feel free to read it.  It’s guidelines stand the test of time, even though it was written specifically for gay men at risk and before HIV was discovered.

In these difficult economic times, more people are discovering what many poor people have always known:  Sex is not only one of life’s greatest joys—it’s one almost everyone can afford.  That makes the history of the invention of safe sex as timely as ever.  Sexuality in America has been a battleground since the Puritans arrived–not just because they were being persecuted for their religious beliefs, as we’re often told—but also because they were being forbidden to persecute others with their religious beliefs.  Sadly, that spirit is alive and well today in the ongoing efforts to undermine safe sex education in America.

I’m interested in public speaking related to the history of safe sex and SEX POSITIVE. Please let me know if you have an idea.  Here’s one video clip of me speaking primarily to gay men at a screening/fundraiser.  It’s intended for mature audiences.

For more information, contact me at: RichBerkowitzNYC@gmail.com

Richard Berkowitz
June 17, 2010

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Desde que Sex Positive (Sexo Positivo) salió en DVD este mes, estuve recibiendo correos fascinantes de gente de todo el mundo que lo ha visto. He viajando a 16 ciudades y un número creciente de universidades desde que Sex Positive (Sexo Positivo) empezó a ser promocionado en los festivales de cine en 2007. Me he dado cuenta de que las preguntas que la gente tiene pueden ser mejor respondidas si publico mis archivos de sexo seguro online. De esta manera, la gente puede sacar sus propias conclusiones.

Porque me parece una manera organizada de comenzar, empezaré este archivo con mi trabajo e historia personal. Cuando eso este hecho, iré agregando el trabajo de otros. Ya que esto se trata de sexo, sean precavidos del contenido.

Además de proporcionar una mirada de primera línea a lo que pasó cuando comenzó el sexo seguro, espero que con el tiempo, este archivo / blog sea un recurso valioso para la investigación. Si tienes algún comentario, puedes enviarme un correo electrónico o publicarlos al final de “ SEXO POSITIVO (SEX POSITIVE): el filme de Daryl Wein”: https://richardberkowitz.wordpress.com/?cat=38085386

Para mayor información contactarme a: RichBerkowitzNYC@gmail.com

9 Responses to “HOME”

  1. Francine Martello Says:

    Dear Richard,

    I just finished watching Sex Positive. All I can say is incredible. Thank you for putting yourself out there for the world to see! I respect you for what you have done and continue to do. As a dyke who remembers the early 80’s, and the struggles I commend you and your work. Please keep up the great work. Where could I purchase your book?


  2. Bruce A. Ladd Says:

    I saw a blurb about Sex Positive and want to see the dvd.
    I’m straight but have gay friends.
    In the early 1980s I had a job where a gay co-worker kept me informed about AIDS. It got my attention.


  3. Jerry Clark Says:

    This video should be shown on mainstream media without censorship. Until we do things like this, the AIDS epidemic will not be abated. America leans heavily on it’s puritanical heritage, much to our demise. In Europe sex is not a forbidden topic. At least they try to be honest and forthcoming unlike people like us in the USA.

  4. Juan Villagomez Says:

    Hi Richard,
    I’m Juan, I live in L.A. and have been living with HIV since 1985–with AIDS since1994. I just watched Sex Positive and wanted to thank you for your activism, your courage and determination. I can relate to many aspects of your life and to tell you that you are not alone in this fight. It has not been easy but it has been a hell of a struggle. I came to the US in 1977 from Ecuador, South America and has lost to AIDS all my friends from that time. I have much to say and hope you ansewer my e-mail. Thank you again for fighting for all of us.
    Warm greetings,
    Juan Villagomez

  5. I found “Sex Positive” to be one of the most moving documentaries concerning AIDS that I have ever seen. The candor, honesty, and selflessness of Richard has really made me realize that we all have a responsibility to continue his fight. Why I was not aware of who Richard Berkowitz was before is beyond me. But, I intend on finding out everything that I can to have a more thorough and historically accurate sense of the AIDS epidemic in NYC, its origins, and it’s committed and honorable pioneers such as Richard.

  6. Hey Richard! You are the best!!!

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