Sherri Beachfront Lewis
Living Out Loud
June 16, 2010
I attended the 17th Annual Spirit of Hope Awards for Being Alive at the very glamorous, rooftop, poolside Skybar on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's more than worth mentioning that Being Alive was not only the first AIDS service organization (ASO) in Los Angeles, carrying the history of the darkest days of AIDS; it also is now the oldest. And like most AIDS organizations in these hard times with constant cutbacks and threats of losing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) funding, Being Alive has held its head above choppy waters thanks to the generous donations generated by their volunteers, clients and their family members and friends. They truly embraced the spirit of hope.
March 30, 2010
So how does a girl who popped out of a cake at Studio 54, performed with her band on American Bandstand, and had the honor of being one of the first music videos ever shown on the fledgling MTV Network come to be an AIDS educator? After the glory days of the 80s, my party quickly came to a halt when the reality of AIDS hit my friends in New York City.
Your HIV DIVA Reports on the DIVA Awards!
March 3, 2010
A few months after interviewing Sheryl Lee Ralph on my podcast, Straight Girl in a Queer World, I received a call from her asking if I would like to sing and tell my story at her 18th Annual DIVAS Simply Singing! I screamed and jumped up and down! Singing in a show with Sheryl, Patti LaBelle, Patti Austin, Sarah Dash, Loretta Devine, Siedah Garrett, Miki Howard and Roslyn Kind just to name a few and the divine R & B Div-o of the evening, the smooth Kenny Lattimore. I was D.I.V.A., as Sheryl says: Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed to be an HIV DIVA! And so it is. This Straight Girl in a Queer World became the HIV DIVA!
Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine!
February 17, 2010
I was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s when HIV was still considered a death sentence. At the time, there were no effective medicines to fight HIV. So I had no choice but to seek alternative treatments. I had to think outside of the box because not doing so would mean I'd inevitably succumb to AIDS.
Sherri Beachfront Lewis was diagnosed HIV positive in 1987 after a routine blood test for her marriage license. She was one of the first women to be diagnosed with HIV in the United States and still be alive and well. In the past 20-plus years, Sherri has worked with and coordinated numerous HIV/AIDS research and advocacy efforts. She's been a columnist for Arts & Understanding Magazine, a national HIV/AIDS publication, highlighting the stories of women living with HIV/AIDS. She has graced the cover of POZ Magazine and been featured in the Washington Post. Sherri has performed with Sheryl Lee Ralph and Patti La Belle at DIVAS Simply Singing, and with Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS in her hometown of New York City.
Sherri recently reclaimed her entertainer's identity as Sherri Beachfront, an 80s pop diva, as the host of Straight Girl in a Queer World -- a series of 60 podcasts for Here! Networks in which she interviewed a wide range of fascinating guests between 2007 and 2008. Download and listen to Sherri's podcasts!
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December 8, 2013 - Stories I Lived to Tell: A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis
November 18, 2013 - Reclaiming My Life, Beyond HIV -- and Finding the MAGIC! A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis
Interviews With Sherri:
Former Pop Star Sherri Lewis Talks About Living With HIV (October 2009)
This Month in HIV: Tips and Tricks for Coping With HIV/AIDS (November/
Washington Post Profiles HIV/AIDS Advocate, Singer Sherri Lewis (December 23, 2008)
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