The Real Story Safe Sex Project, spearheaded by Brent Hartinger, is gathering up stories and blog posts promoting condom use. Many talented authors have contributed stories to this worthy project. We'll look at two stories a week until I have them all, but there may be new ones along any minute!
author has a different take on this message, and everyone has something
valuable to add. Please read and forward the stories to anyone and everyone you know who needs to
protect themselves, male and female alike. Thank you, authors, for making these stories free to all. Because that old ounce of
prevention is really worth a pound of cure, or a ton of battle.
Lupo (Alex) is a sixteen-year-old gay foster child who has been moved
from "home" to "home" in New York City. Isolated by circumstances and by
the protective shield he's surrounded himself with, he wanders the
streets of the West Village and gravitates toward Stonewall Inn, where
the 1969 riots planted the seeds of the gay civil rights movement.
Having been raped at his previous foster home, he worries about HIV and
about ever being able to enjoy sex.
Alex, whose parents had both been Italian, feels his lack of family keenly. As he wanders the city streets, he scrutinizes people who might also be Italian. Alex is short for Alessandro,
which means defender of men; Lupo means wolf. But Alex feels fearful most of the time--fear not just of Derek, the other foster teen in his current home, but also of life in general--and wishes for the courage of his 19th century countryman, Giuseppe Garibaldi, with whose statue in Washington Square Park Alex has imaginary conversations.
Alex meets two people who represent polar opposites: one who validates
the low opinion Alex already has of himself; and another who helps him
see himself in an entirely new light and teaches him that his life is
worth more than a few minutes of anyone's pleasure.
Robin Reardon gives us a lovely glimpse inside Alex's head, showing his growth not only in his sexual maturity but his value of himself. Find at Amazon.
This story takes a look at a partner's decisions and how they impact a lover. Peer pressure at both it's worst and best.
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Find these and all the stories in the Safe Sex Project here. Enjoy, be happy, be safe.