What Kind of Woman Am I?
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
June 1, 2012
This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.
People keep asking me, "What kind of woman am I? Am I RESPECTABLE enough? Am I CHRISTIAN enough? Why do I tell every freaking thing? Why do I cuss? I answer them ALL in my new book, "The Politics of Respectability." The book was released today on Amazon Kindle and it will be available on Amazon paperback in just 10 days.
I haven't really talked publicly about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority rescinding my membership as an Honorary member since the youTube video, in this book I break my silence! I TELL IT ALL... I try to unpack my life in such a way that people will understand my tweets that day. Understand that my very being has been crafted out of my experiences from the day I was conceived in my mama's womb.
Enough said... I will let my book do my talking... But make NO mistakes I stand by my Tweets!! To do otherwise would make me a coward and that I am NOT! I say what I mean and mean what I say. I will NEVER lose me to gain anyone or anything. My buck stops with the Lord Jesus Christ. Other than that, I have to face me each morning. I will not let someone define for or what type of woman I should be; and I don't apologize for me not one bit.
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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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