Start Talking Stop HIV is a new educational campaign bringing together voices from gay and bisexual men from a spectrum of backgrounds and relationships to the Epidemic that the CDC is releasing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I’m incredibly proud to be a very small part of this conversation along with Ken Almanza, Charles Sanchez, AJ King, and many other artists, activists, and community leaders I greatly admire.
I keep hoping that i’ll wake up and this will all have been just some crazy, messed-up dream. But it’s not a dream. This is real life. Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Like many of you, I’m sure, I spent a good chunk of this week in tears, scared shitless, in total disbelief. I think I’m half still in shock.
The last couple of months have been a flurry of travel and activity, and I have to admit that I’ve been kind of kicking myself for not using this blog to give a play -by-play of my adventures, but I’ve been in such a state of constant motion that I’ve barely had time to catch my breath, let alone unpack and process all of the experiences that I’ve had in the past couple of months—but I’m going to do my best to spend the next couple of weeks leading up to Folsom getting everything off my chest out and onto the internets before then so I can my favorite gay holiday with clean writing late, but in brief…
On Wednesday June 17, a 21-year-old white man named Dylann Roof attended a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a largely Black house of worship in Charleston South Carolina. After prayer and Bible study Roof pulled out a hand gun given to him by his parents and brought an end to the lives of nine people who had just spent the last hour and a half baring their souls before each other, Roof, and their God. And despite what some would have you believe, please make no mistake—this was a politically motivated act of terror.