Ryan White- Twenty Years Ago Today
In terms of raising awareness and declawing a beast which needed it’s nails clipped, Ryan’s own misfortunes became a blessing for a community that needed someone to break down the walls of stigma. Back in 1985 when Ryan went public as a kid after not being allowed in public school for the crime of having HIV, he just wanted to be a normal kid in a time when having HIV was deemed unacceptable.
Last month, Gwenn and I spoke at Purdue in Indiana, and had the great pleasure of visiting the Ryan White display at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Here’s a video I took of Ryan’s bedroom, which was preserved by his mother and donated to the exhibit.
Today, when I was having my daily iced mocha fix, Ryan was in my thoughts. If you’re unfamiliar with his work to raise awareness, click on the photo below.
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