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Justin and Husband Phil Adopt Son


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By Justin B. Terry-Smith

February 2, 2014

ADOPTION DAY is finally here. On January 30th my husband Dr. Philip Terry-Smith adopted our 17 year old LGBT son.

When I became HIV positive I thought to myself, "I will never have a child." I cried so much over this every time I thought about it. Every time I saw children with their parent playing, walking hand in hand, giggling, just being a family, it hurt, it hurt me to my soul.

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When my husband asked me to marry him, I said yes but I have provisions. I stated that I would like to have children. I made a command decision in my life that I would have kids. I also said that I need a man that would want to have children with me. My husband (THANK THE GODS) agreed that children would be a part of our future.

I can honestly say our son has come such a long way being with us. When he first came to us he was 15 years old. He was not what I expected a 15 year old to be. But then I had to realize I did not raise this child; so I made it my goal to make him a little more refined and to bring more structure and discipline into his life. He has a story and I’m not the one to tell it. So I will briefly say that this young man has been through the ringer. But now that he has a loving and supportive family he is stronger than before.

Phil, my son and I went to court and we have legally made him ours. He will forever be ours and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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