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Sexuality in Schenectady

September 20th, 2011 2 comments

“I am gay and this is where I stay. We have ALWAYS been a part of this community.”

That was on billboards and the sides of buses in Schenectady, New York for at least a year. There might be a few of each still sporting the message. The people in the pictures are mostly black men. The intent is to promote HIV awareness and LGBT acceptance among the black community. And it’s really not been all that well accepted.

A black friend of mine was standing on our porch one day when a public bus drove by with the picture on the side. He turned around and saw the sign, then shook his head in frustration. Read more…

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I had HIV once…

December 3rd, 2009 2 comments

sexedu2If you haven’t yet, go check out the posts about HIV and AIDS over at SexIs and Eden Cafe.  The stories are absolutely amazing.  I sent one in about my BFF Lance from high school.

God, I miss that kid.  We had so much fun.  Unfortunately, we lost touch when I dropped out.  He was pretty lucky.

But I had HIV once.  I caught it in “Family Life”.  I walked into the classroom, and this kid I was hopelessly in love with – who always talked to me more than the other girls, but I was too chicken to ask him out – walked up to me and shook my hand.  And I just sort of stared at him while he proceeded to begin a discussion with me and a couple of my friends.  He shook each of their hands, too, and then took mine again and put his other arm around me.  And I thought I was going to fall on the floor.

I tried to keep up with the conversation, but secretly, I had no idea what was going on and hoped it wasn’t too obvious.  Thank the Holy Purple Cabbage that no one asked for my opinion on anything.  I’d have looked like an idiot.

He walked me to my desk and then moved his stuff to a seat next to me.  And as I tried to look around nonchalantly, he leaned close to me and whispered, “I just gave you HIV.  Don’t tell the other girls.  Coach is going to make you stand up first, so I figured I’d warn you.  I know how much you hate that.”

I guess I don’t have to tell you I was in shock.  I kind of stammered “Thank you.” while I tried to make sense of what he said to me.  “Wait… You gave me HIV?”

“Yeah.  Look at your hand.  It should be covered with the virus.”

And so it was.  I had little sparkly virus cells (also known as: glitter) all over my hand.  Instinctively, I moved to wipe my hand off on my pants.  My crush said, “There’s no cure.  You can’t just wipe it off.”

Sure enough, wiping the virus on my pants only transferred it from my hand to my pants.  And then, the more I scrubbed, the more the virus spread.  I laughed nervously and he smiled.  The door to the classroom banged closed and class began.

Coach called my crush up to the front and asked him who he “boinked” first (His words, not mine.  Honest.).  My crush smiled at me and said, “How could I pick anyone but Rayne?”

Coach made me go up to the front and stand with my crush.  I’m pretty sure my face was redder than that World AIDS Day picture up there.

“Unfortunately, she dumped me when she found out I have HIV.  But she kept my secret for me, and I passed it on to her friends Holly and Jessica.”

I cracked up.  Read more…

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