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Leonardo
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Re: Something to mull over...
      02/20/08 09:28 PM

Esmerelda,

I totally get what your saying. When I read your last post, it made me recall my experience as a gay man. In my teens and early twenties, I lived openly as a gay man in my personal life, but chose to identify myself as heterosexual man in my professional world. As I became more comfortable with my identity, I began to feel less comfortable with my professional facade and just refused to confirm or deny being gay. By the time I reached my mid-thirties, I realized that my fear of being visiible as a gay man was intentionally engineered by a society that imposes a heteronormative matrix on its youth. I came out professionally to challenge that norm and to encourage others to choose visibility.

In a very similar way, I have no doubt that the general public's perceptions about HIV would become vastly more rational if people understood that HIV+ people are no more a threat to them than the diabetic in the next cubicle.

I admire those of you who are visible examples of the "normalcy" of being an HIV+ person. I hope to join you someday, but with less than one year of experience with HIV, I'm not ready to be visible.

Thanks,

Leo


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* Something to mull over... Jackie__Blue 02/19/08 11:01 AM
. * Re: Something to mull over... picaropsv   02/22/08 12:28 PM
. * Re: Something to mull over... whocanfigure   02/20/08 02:09 AM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Pats   02/19/08 09:50 PM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Jackie__Blue   02/20/08 08:55 PM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Leonardo   02/20/08 09:28 PM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Florida69   02/21/08 09:43 AM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Jackie__Blue   02/20/08 09:42 PM
. * Re: Something to mull over... Choosing2Liv   02/21/08 10:56 AM

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