Day 29! Count Down to 50! Ain't Shit Pretty About AIDS!
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
April 25, 2012
This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.
I love this picture. It appeared on the cover of the Washington Post in 1996. When I first started speaking I was hell on wheels. I talked more shit and was rough around the edges, honestly, I was even more than I am now. If you could imagine, LOL. After two hours of being raw, honest and transparent to this group of young people in a summer program in Washington, D.C., this 13 year girl couldn't stop crying. She said no one had ever validated her decision to remain a virgin and that it was hard because ALL of her girlfriends were having sex. But after hearing me lay it out on the line, she knows that it's OK. We had no idea the photographer had captured this special moment between us.
Day 29 as I count down to 50! I wanted you to see the IV process that I must do twice a day! Ummm I get a tad emotional on this video *shrugs* I don't take a thing back.
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Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist who rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with AIDS in a cover story for Essence Magazine. She has lived with HIV for 27 years and AIDS for 19. Rae travels the country speaking and challenging stereotypes and myths about HIV/AIDS. She has a Master of Divinity degree and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Church History. Rae has been featured on Nightline, Dateline NBC, BET and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in countless magazines and newspapers, including Emerge, Glamour, O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Jet, Ebony, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. She earned the coveted Emmy Award for a first-person series on living With AIDS for Chicago's CBS News.
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