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.
Rae is an active user of social media -- read "Long-Term HIV Survivor Discovers the Power of Twitter," an article on TheBody.com about Rae's social media activities.
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Latest by Rae Lewis-Thornton
"No matter how you choose to manage your perimenopause symptoms, know that life even with a hot flash is worth living," Rae Lewis-Thornton writes. "I'm a living witness, having lived with HIV for 33 years."
Rae is glad Sheen "stepped outside of that madness. When I disclosed my status, it felt like tons of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders."
"Now that I'm well into my 50s, there seems to be no turning back," writes Rae in this blog post on living with intent when you are HIV positive and over 50.
"These two emotions have the ability to create chaos in your life, from your health, to your job and dating."
On her 53rd birthday, Rae Lewis-Thornton takes a look back at her life, and how AIDS changed her life's plan drastically.
"People take trauma lightly, but it has an impact on one's life. Over these years my health has required so much to manage."
"There are sociopaths in this world and dating sites are great turf for liars, but shoot, I've also met liars in church, from the pulpit to the pew."
"My grief is real and so is my depression. I feel them in the depths of my soul, yet there is a part of me that is fighting, that wants to fight."
"While I know that walking was the best thing for me, it sent me on a down spiral of emotional eating. I mean who wants to be alone?"
"Grief is a monster! I'm learning that it also sticks to you like Gorilla Glue. Honestly, these last three weeks dealing with the loss of Sophie has been new territory for me."