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Learning to Remain Positive
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.
One day it hit me: I was addicted to chaos.
I rinsed away my six months of sobriety and I could only think about how free my first few moments of being high again felt.
History (or is it more like tragedy?) tries to repeat itself.
A moment of grace—and some amazing advice—from a police officer. Would I take it?
Plus: A moment of reckoning while on tour with Miss Fame.
A descent into decadence. But why, and at what cost?
I made it through Black Party weekend sober, but a bigger temptation awaited.
How doing my first show as a sober man changed my perception of myself.
Mr. Man made a decision for me that I initially resented, but it would prove to benefit me more long term.
My first date with Mr. Man and I did it sober.
A hot hookup with Mr. Man left me feel nothing but respect...and tingles.
My building blocks of sexual integrity started with a condom.
My first sober New York City Pride changed my life thanks to Miss Hell’s Kitchen and the untampered enthusiasm I felt in the Pride Parade.
June 23rd, 2014, when I found my strength in my weakness.
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