It's nearly impossible in 2009 to imagine the entertainment world without a thriving LGBTQ culture and the HIV/AIDS movement, but it was less than 20 years ago when Hollywood's first openly gay actor, Michael Kearns, made history with the announcement that he was HIV positive. Kearns first garnered success as a mainstream actor, appearing in such television shows as The Waltons, Cheers, Murder She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210, and The Band Played On. He continued his career as an activist pioneer and solo performance artist.
In celebration of World AIDS Day and two decades of tireless efforts for the LGBTQ community and its friends, Fresh Squeezed is proud to host Kearns's celebrated solo show, intimacies, in its 20th anniversary. This collection of six multi-faceted monologues crosses boundaries of race, age, gender, and sexual identity to shed a personal light on the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. Kearns reminds us that only when we reconsider the catalysts for public fear and ignorance can we celebrate how far we've come as we challenge ourselves to secure equal rights for LGBTQ citizens.