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Learning to Remain Positive
My first time in Cape Cod & I jumped right into rehearsals.
On Sunday, June 18, 2017, I walked into Hammerstein Ballroom for “Broadway Bares“ and joy surged through my body.
“I’m sober because of ‘Broadway Bares,’ and I’m in ‘Broadway Bares’ because I’m sober.”
It’s incredible how recalling the hope and enjoyment from three years ago can bring a smile to my face and make me feel re-nude.
An email launches a life-changing and flesh-baring experience.
Lady Gaga and a full-frontal audition gave me a positive outlook on my future.
How dance helped heal my wounds from drug addiction and put me on a journey of telling stories through movement.
Then I remind myself: Esteemable acts build self-esteem.
I felt my Christmas spirit return like a warm hug.
How I learned the true meaning of the holiday spirit—with help from drag queens and a special man.
Going on tour forced me to face my codependent nature.
How I learned that every contribution to our community counts, no matter how big or small
Whether dancing with the Drag Race queens or raising HIV awareness, I began to feel hope for myself and others.
Everything in my life was changing for the better. As I prepared for tour, I continued to discover I was worthy of more.
I didn’t realize how much HIV stigma affected me, until I got a golden career opportunity.
I felt powerful. And it wasn’t just from looking beautiful.
I’d be more vulnerable than ever before. Something told me it was time.
And it all began with a questionnaire and a Cookie.
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