and I can help
Soon another “unspeakable” would enter our lives: AIDS
Soon I would lose three beautiful friends: Bruce, Christopher, and David
It’s been 25 years since the AIDS epidemic began. After a quarter century, we are still in denial, still fearful, still unable to speak about HIV/AIDS openly and competently.
Today is National Day of Silence – a day devoted to shining a light on the suffering endured by our gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender brothers and sisters. This suffering is the result of a society which is unable to understand and speak openly and competently about sexual orientation and gender variance -- but instead responds out of ignorance and fear .
has broken the silence on another unspeakable.
Todd has come out in his column on Michigan Messenger
and revealed that he is HIV positive.
I urge you to read Todd’s column and allow yourself to stand for a moment in his shoes – to feel the isolation and fear that accompanies this diagnosis and to challenge yourself to learn and become more compassionate to those who walk this path. I hope you will be able to say Todd and other brave individuals like him who are willing to disclose their status:
I can talk about it competently.
AND, I will stand beside you on your journey.