On the Journal in her article Brilliant, Gay, and HIV Positive, Laura Reichelt gives us profiles in courage of those who stand up to misinformation and fear about HIV and AIDs.
Please read about them, and add your comments and thoughts about other heros here.
August 17, 2008 - 19:23
you amaze me.
not sure what else to say.
i am a whole lot of flattered, i am equally a bit embarrassed.
from our very uneasy first encounter on dKos to finally meeting you for real in the lobby of the hotel (proving that i truly was not a pigment or figment of your imagination) that muggy, humid, magical (and BATLESS) july evening in austin, a world changed.
you said "you'll know it's me by the hair."
but i digress.
a world changed, not just for me, but also for a lot of people across the country who would have suffered the rules changes proposed by the bush administration that would have severely hurt their (my own perhaps) health care access (through medicare and medicaid).
and it changed because of you. or, rather, it did NOT change, thankfully.
simply put, because of you they were not hurt. it was after all the work YOU did, the advocacy YOU did, the extra mile YOU walked that helped stop this madness this time by the administration. while countless will never know what you did on their behalf, i do.
to have you write something as beautiful and as kind as this diary is a gift beyond almost anything i have ever received in my life.
i am really lucky to be able to call you my friend.
August 17, 2008 - 20:55
After reading Lauren's profile, I felt as if I had had the privilege of meeting you.
Your wonderful creativity and personality shines through this article. Thank you for sharing yourself.
Okay, that sounds weird, hope you know what I mean.
August 19, 2008 - 22:45
not weird at all. i actually do know what you mean. and thanks for the kind words!
lauren is a remarkable writer and i am way privileged to be the subject of one of her articles.
she is also one hell of an amazing health care advocate. i can't stress that point enough -- she really does make a difference all the time with her efforts on behalf of folks like me who rely on medicare and medicaid for our health care coverage. she really is a hero of mine.
August 17, 2008 - 21:02
and she knows a lot of awesome people. I am so glad she shared this story with all of us. It is humbling ...
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