>World AIDS Day December 1, 2010

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Uncle Gordon

Now and until the day I die, this day will always be a reminder of the man, the potential friend, the Uncle I lost and never had the chance to know. It reminds me of the suffering, ostracization and isolation he and so many others knew (and still know) because of hate, ignorance, fear and shame; but it also reminds me of why I am who I am and do what I do. It reminds me that this man, though discarded by his family in life, remains alive as an inspiration to me to refuse to hide who I am, to take responsibility for my own health and safety and the health and safety of the people I love and care about, to stand up for others that society deems unworthy of love, protection and care. I remain a fierce advocate for equality and respect and decency in the memory of my Uncle and I’d like to believe that I am the kind of nephew he would have been proud to have known and been related to. AIDS took my Uncle’s life, but it can’t destroy his memory or inspiration.

The battle is not over, the war is not won.

To those who live with dignity and refuse to die from HIV…
To those who help treat people with HIV and AIDS…
To those who raise money to find a cure…
To those who spend their lives doing research to stop it’s spread and find a cure…
To those who find ways to get medicine and care and treatment to those who would otherwise go without…
To those who are open about their HIV status and refuse let the disease define who they are…
To those who hand out condoms and help educate people about transmission and safe sex…
To those who remain loyal as friends and partners to people living with HIV and AIDS…
To all those who stand together, HIV positive and negative, united in a goal to find a cure, stop the spread and keep those infected alive and healthy, whatever part you play, whatever it is you are doing to help…

…on behalf of Gordon and in his memory, thank you.

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3 Responses to >World AIDS Day December 1, 2010

  1. Ur-spo says:

    >that was very touching; thank you.

  2. Raybeard says:

    >Amen, Wonderboy. The big 'A' has given us so many 'what might have beens', primarily for those mow gone who were especially dear to us, but also for our own regrets in not valuing their presences more when we had the chance. Yes, even in their absence they have so much to teach us. Peace, rest and deep gratitude to them all.

  3. Cubby says:

    >Rest in peace Gordon.

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