Remove Your Mask

1/2 of my LIFE, I've lived behind a MASK…for a MAN.  I hid my true self, true feelings & true sexual desires.  I neglected my wants and gave into the desires of my flesh…For a Man!

1/2 of my LIFE, I've lived behind a MASK…not wanting to expose my deep aches & pains, my brokenness and hid behind broken smiles, 1/2 hugs, kind words, so I wouldn't couldn't feel any pain.

1/2 of my LIFE, I've lived behind this MASK...as a Mother, Wife, and Woman.  Feeling like my dreams dried up like a raisin in the sun, imprisoned, and bounded by false pre-tenses.

1/2 of my LIFE, I realized that this MASK & me couldn't be together anymore.  Understanding I would be revealing myself to the world, but more importantly to MYSELF!

So, I sit here with my MASK removed, and share with you today some wisdom about HIV/AIDS, Life Intellect, & Knowledge.  I want you to make an informed decision about the MASK you have on.

HIV/AIDS are running rampant in my community and the communities around the world.  It seems like nobody really cares every 9 1/2 minutes someone is infected with HIV in the United States, or the neighbor next door to me is on the ADAP waiting list awaiting approval for his medication that might prolong his life, or decriminalization is turning into a witch hunt in some states.

1/2 of your LIFE, you have been frightened, alone, scared, depressed, and hiding behind your MASK.  You know who you are…so adamant that no one will ever know that you are HIV+, because the STIGMA is too huge.  How long will you stay there?  How long is too long for you?

Let's Erase the Stigma One Voice At  A Time, so that so many more including YOU can remove the MASK.

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