Billy Porter Breaks His Silence On Being HIV Positive For 14 Years
The fact that Billy Porter is speaking up openly about this is amazing to me. So many people don’t talk about it and it’s often because there’s still that unspoken stigma attached to HIV. He was diagnosed in 2007 which hits close to home for me. My husband, Tony, was also diagnosed with HIV in 2007 and he almost died of full-blown AIDS that summer. I’ve posted about Tony’s hospitalization for pneumonia in 2007 a few times here on this website, but I never went into detail about it. For one thing, it’s very private and for another, I think it left both of us traumatized. We didn’t even know he was HIV poz. And none of his doctors ever suggested getting tested. So he just continued getting worse until he went into full-blown AIDS and it was almost too late. There are still doctors that consider him their miracle patient. I get into a couple of chapters in detail about all this in the memoir I’m working on that’s tentatively titled, “Nice People Once Lived Here.” And for those of you wondering, no I’m not HIV positive. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m not. I would be open about it if I was HIV positive. Whenever you see a gay couple, it’s not all that uncommon to discover that one of them may be HIV positive and the other isn’t.
In any event, this is about Billy Porter and his decision to become a role model for other people living with HIV. I can fully understand why he wouldn’t talk about it all this time.
Jeremy Irvine From That Hated Movie “Stonewall” Plays Gay Again
I can’t seem to find out anything about Jeremy Irvine so I’m really not sure if he’s gay or not. They like to be coy and keep this quiet. He’s the guy who “acted” in the “Stonewall” movie that so many of us love to hate. It was so straight-washed and white-washed most of us didn’t even see it. At the time, I remember it caused a bit of a kerfuffle.
In fact, he’s the one who brings up the initial controversy over the trailer, which focused so heavily on Irvine’s character and so little on the film’s non-white characters that critics blasted the film for allegedly “whitewashing” the events of Stonewall. LGBT activists even launched a petition urging for a boycott.
Here’s more. It’s interesting because from what I gather that film never garnered much attention at all. In spite of all the controversy, no one cared. At least not from the mainstream…gay or straight. And that’s a shame because the topic was relevant and important. You can’t help wondering what might have happened if they’d made it authentic.
But hold on. Don’t move. Now they are giving Irvine the role of a gay superhero. And I don’t think any of us are shocked.
Here’s more. They don’t make much mention of “Stonewall” in his bio. But then why would they?