Getting HIV stories has proven out to be more difficult than I expected. I will keep publishing them as they arrive in my inbox. From what I can see, there are people out there with a will to talk but we don’t make them feel safe. The next stories came to us anonymously through a […]
In the city I live, it is estimated that there are about 8000 HIV+ people. Every time I searched for poz people through Grindr I found none in the closest 20-30 km. Although I would never ask anyone to share their HIV status on a dating profile, I started wondering how are we treating people […]
I was 12 years of age, back in Greece. I remember watching TV and a journalist had on the phone two HIV people talking about their experiences. One gay man and one straight woman. I still remember how the host tried to blame the gay man for promiscuity. At the same time, he was very […]
I was 19. “A Tuesday afternoon in October. I was on the way to college. I still remember the sweat beating down my back as I stood outside the black iron gates of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. My mum would ring me and simply as the question “are you gay?” It was as easy as […]
“I was 17. I felt like I wasn’t connected to my friends because of my secret. I decided I needed to do something about it. I felt quite confident that my friends would understand me but it still was scary. I asked all my friends individually to join me for a late evening walk in […]
I was asleep when my mum woke me up softly. Tears were running down her face. She looked confused. “Come to the living room, please. I don’t want to wake your brother up”. There is no right time for people to learn you are LGBT. There is no wrong time, either. People are rarely prepared […]
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Pride is the first of the seven deadly sins, and I believe I know why. Before leaving Greece, I experienced the rise of the far-right and realised one thing. Pride, combined with ignorance, paves the shortest path to fascism. When you are proud of something you haven’t accomplished, you lack the knowledge that comes with experience. […]