"I walk around looking at the pink, white and black; hugging as they greet each other, shaking hands as they smile at each other, making affirmative decisions.
I feel cold at night, cold in heart and cold in my house as there exists no life here; only a tragedy, a wrong story that I can't erase no matter how much the people want me to.
A wrong step, a wrong choice that wasn't mine to take, branded as a loose-canon, sex addict, gay, dirty, putting my life on the judgemental map, without knowing not that words cut deeper than the wrong needle during a blood transfusion.
I want to live a normal life, without you handing me my death certificate; I want to run without you telling me I can't; I want to play with my son without you telling me that I won't live that long.
Impure, in blood, maybe, but not in thoughts; I can still sing, solve math, dance, but you burnt down that stage because patchy people do not deserve hard wood floors.
I know I will die, maybe after you, for you have no reason to live, but I got to do more than just survive.
I will get married, I will make love, will find a lost soul, and tell him one summer afternoon while sipping some Corona, to get himself tested, tell him what I am, more than the acronym, more than the stunted reality they wanted me to believe.
Because I know they want you to believe that your life is over but actually it has just begun, don't take it as a death sentence, embrace it like a crown, for you are no different, sing, move and innovate, for the world is your stage, keep making em as they keep burning them"
On this World AIDS Day (December 1), let us pledge to get ourselves tested, and to treat people with the disease as equal.
PS: AIDS cannot be transmitted through touch or hugging.
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May the spirit of Christmas bring you joy and peace this holiday season. Let us be grateful for our family, friends—especially the new friendships we have made—and all the blessings we received in the past year. Happy Christmas!🎄 #itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear#kiligfor2019
Only 10 days till Christmas day! Here’s a throwback shot taken from the Ottawa River (on a -24°C day!) bordering Quebec and Ottawa with Parliament Hill seen in the background.