You hear all kinds of stories about HIV/AIDS, at least I do. But this one is riveting. Of course I know people with HIV, but I never actually met anyone like this, for obvious reasons.
Jim Chud has lived with AIDS for four decades.
When I was 23, I walked into my friend Jerry’s hospital room to find the guy I had been on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail a month earlier in a steamed-up oxygen tent, struggling for each painful breath. He had pneumocystis pneumonia. He motioned me to come into the tent so that we could talk. Scared, I looked around the room for reassurance that I wasn’t going to hurt him if I did. A nod from his lover, and I was in the steam, touching his skeletal sticky ‘old person’ hand and bawling my eyes out. After what seemed like way too little time holding each other, he gasped: “Don’t let this thing get you Jimbo,” and he dozed off. Can you imagine – this man was on his death bed, and he was worried about me.
The humanity of that moment has never left me. That was the day that AIDS got real.
You can read it in full here.
Alisyn Camerota and Trump's Bubble
I really hate posting about things like this, but I thought it newsworthy to at least mention some of the practices of the mainstream news media. Most of the time they just slip by and no one notices. In this particular article the focus is on CNN news anchor, Alisyn Camerota, and something about Donald Trump.
I'm no Trump fanboy, however, I'm no fan of the mainstream media either. From the insulting way they handle LGBT news to the way they exploit "Breaking News" it turns my stomach sour.
In any event, this is just information. I'm not forming opinions. For those who don't know, Alisyn Camerota didn't start out working at CNN. Prior to CNN she worked for Fox News. That's right. Fox.
She said she’s gotten many great opportunities at CNN, like hosting primetime specials and conducting exclusive interviews and moderating big events. Camerota called this “the happiest moment of my career,” though she did say she also loved her time working at Fox.
And, if that's not enough, here's more about what she did at Fox.
“For the past 16 years, Alisyn has been a part of the Fox News family,” Bill Shine, EVP of Programming, announced in a statement Monday. “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”
I've seen Fox & Friends, and I remember when Alisyn Camerota was hosting it. It's one of the most conservative shows on TV.
You can read more about Alisyn Camerota and Trump's bubble here.
The comments with this article surprised me a little. I wasn't expecting some of them.
Here's another piece about Camerota that's...interesting.
The good thing is, no one watches these new channels that much anymore. And those of us who do, expect them to be staged.
How Pence's New DC Neighbor's React With Rainbow Flags
I find this inspiring. And it truly is what America is all about. We go through changes of power, but that doesn't mean everyone falls in line and supports that change of power. I'm not knocking Trump with this. I'm not knocking anyone. I'm only stating the fact that people are showing Vice-President Elect Mike Pence that they aren't thrilled with his past record on LGBT rights. And his past record is a simple search and the facts are all there. Whether or not he's evolved at all remains to be seen.
Ilse Heintzen lives just down the block from the house where Pence is currently staying as he waits to move into the Vice President’s mansion on the grounds of the Naval Observatory. After learning Pence was moving to the neighborhood, she and some of her neighbors decided to take a stand against his hateful views… by hanging colorful rainbow flags outside their houses.
You can check that out here.
What I love about this the most is that it's a good example of people who aren't crying the blues about Trump becoming President, or Pence becoming Vice President. They aren't looking for "safe spaces." It's people showing Trump and Pence that they aren't going to put up with any discrimination whatsoever.
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