Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's not just about HIV and ME
Also, in this past year I had to give up my job in NYC and moved in with my Dad and his girlfriend, then into my own apartment. Slowly I am re-building a new life for myself, and I have confidence that all will be well with me. Those are my issues, and I realize compared to many, my issues are miniscule.
I look back on this past year, and am concerned and saddened by all the bullied LGBT youth who have taken their lives at such a young age. I think about their parents and the heartache they must feel having lost a child. I think about the lesbian’s couple home that was burned down in Tennessee with the word “queers” written on their home – in an apparent hate crime. I am worried about the ADAP crisis occurring in the United States, people unable to get lifesaving medications; and who may die because of this.
Globally I think about the 32 million others living with HIV/AIDS. I think about the man who set himself on fire in Egypt and began what would become a revolution across the Middle East. I think of the Martyrs who died wanting a better life for themselves, their families, and their fellow countrymen. I cannot begin to fathom the fear in the souls of these people living in these countries where these uprisings are occurring. I think about the persecution of gays in countries whereby being gay is punishable by death. I think about the 3 men who were publically hung to death in Iran because they were gay.
My attentions are now focused on the people of Japan. The un-imaginable pain and anguish they are going through. First a major Earthquake, then a Tsunami, and a Nuclear crisis and the climbing death toll; my heart go out to the people of Japan.
My HIV and other problems become seemingly miniscule is the grand picture, and I am thankful for the simple things that many upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, and a long hot shower.
So, while HIV will always be a part of me, and I must remain cognisant of it. I must also remember it’s not just about HIV and ME.
To my friends around the World. Take care, and be well. Till next time.
Posted by Kevin Maloney at 9:28 AM