A Colombian native, Dick Jordan, first stepped onto a soundstage at age four to accompany his comedic actor father. By his teens Jordan was writing plays, poetry and short stories and even filming 8mm shorts.
The mid 80’s took him to San Francisco amidst the AIDS crisis. The experience (along with the tremors and earthquakes) shook him profoundly. He began to see the importance of media as the death toll rose and the news stopped covering it. He started writing screenplays to bring the subject to the screen.
Back home in Miami, as a long-time survivor of AIDS, he has been an outspoken activist. He's also been an advocate of Biomedical Preventions.
Lazarus Rises is his first novel released to an audience, and he hopes it makes people both laugh and cry. He's got several other projects in development. He loves to write.
He lives and writes in North Miami and watches big iguanas sunbathe in his back yard.
I had the honor of being a #prepwarrior for the past 8 years. I met countless young men as we discussed whether PrEP was right for them.... and they had lots of questions.
Chief among them: "What was it like to be gay back then [in my time]?" Our gay history is not taught in school.
As a longtime survivor of AIDS, I wrote this book for them. I also wrote it to honor all my dead.
I don't pull any punches: this is a dark comic romp. An account of the good, bad and ugly we endured and the magic it took to survive it.
We overcame, even found ways to fall in love, laugh and thrive... this is a story of strength and resilience...
The true gay legacy.
This is a fictional account of a small group of friends who took on the impossible: live, laugh and love when everyone had written them off...
My friends are everything!
In my work and dealings with others, it became clear that Our Gay Histories suffered a terrible loss: millions were felled to AIDS and their voices were snuffed out.
I wrote this novel to honor all those that were lost. I also wrote it for all those who lived through those horrors and are haunted by those memories. In the novel, the character of "Miami" discovers how to ask for himself. He's always known how to pray and act on behalf of others... but not himself. He always felt undeserving.
This is a story about the magic required to win one's life back. It's also a story about the alchemy required to take tragedy and laugh at it, holding your head high and finding strength and resilience enough to live well.
Curious for more...? I wrote the book for you.
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