What is stigma?
Is it when your daughter dies of AIDS but you don't want to talk about it and her obituary says she died of a rare cancer?
Is it when President Reagan won't say the word AIDS in public, letting thousands die?
It's always a bittersweet time of year with its mash up of war and politics, terrorism -- the new virus that threatens our lives ever changing its madness. Holiday shopping and memories of those here, those lost and new life being born. So we celebrate. Life comes first.
What a dramatic year-end 2015 has been!
On the homestretch, we have actor Charlie Sheen's disclosing his HIV status and bringing HIV back into the news along with all the needed controversy about stigma causing activists to raise their voices loud once again and educate the public.
World AIDS Day 2013! I'm still here, blessed with perfect health. A miracle.
It's been a long time since I've blogged for my inner DIVA on behalf of HIV. I took a much-needed break from almost all things HIV for more than a year, with a few rare exceptions. In doing this I freed myself up, relieved my own stigma from living a life that was focused primarily on HIV.
In 1983 I crawled into detox off the streets of New York. AIDS was not in my consciousness or that of any of the doctors that were treating me. They tested my liver and found I had non-A non-B hepatitis. I was devastated.
On October 16, AIDS Walk LA is packing the streets with walkers! Like so many AIDS Walks throughout cities in the United States, it's always a reminder and a statement of an epidemic that is still here. Wouldn't we all like to hang up our sneakers already?
Welcome to the Show of Shows, Best in Drag 2010, a glorious celebration of generosity, friendship, fellowship and faux fur! It's the fun in fundraiser. (Check out KABC News' coverage of Best in Drag!)
"D as in Dog," as in my dog Romeo is doing much better since my last blog. We have both recovered from the vicious dog attack. From July 16 when the attack occurred to September I am happy to report Romeo has made a complete recovery. He's playing with other dogs, happy, friendly, barking and acting like nothing ever happened! He probably thinks he won! My scars, like Romeo's, are still evident -- but he has fur covering his, thankfully, and I don't. My big scars are on my knees!
Summer 2010 started off with a bang! I took a leap of faith into the "un-OWN" -- the upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network -- along with thousands of other hopefuls who pitched their show ideas online and at open casting calls across the country. After 143 million votes, the top online vote-getters were selected, and the rest remain to be seen. In other words, I'm still waiting to hear!