Why the Prop 8 Decision Should Be Important to the HIV/AIDS Community
By Paul A. Kawata
August 10, 2010
This article was provided by the National Minority AIDS Council; Paul Kawata is the organization's executive director.
During the first group session, Peter, the man from Concerned Women for America (oh the irony) told me "I think you are sick and demented; but you probably think I am sick and demented, so I guess we're even." Being the good Asian that I am, I wasn't mad or angry, I was humiliated. I was mortified that this stranger could call me demented. Immediately, I became that little boy who could not catch a ball, that little boy who loved his Barbie.
That's why the Prop 8 decision is so important to the HIV/AIDS community. It tells that little boy who couldn't catch a ball that his relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships. Not better than, but equal. Maybe if we believe that we are equal, we will believe that our lives have value. When your life has value, you are more likely to use a condom. When you are worth something, you are more likely to take your medications. If we want to stop HIV, we have to stop the stigma attached to this disease.
They wonder why we hate ourselves ... maybe it's because the world tells us we are not good enough, that we don't deserve equal relationships, that we don't deserve love.
If the AIDS epidemic has taught me anything, it's taught me to love and cherish my friends who are my family. Please know you are all my family.
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