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Thursday, February 23, 2012

PositiveLite.com + Disclosure + Penn & Teller = Awesome!

All things HIV/AIDS that have been catching my eye this week are coming full throttle ahead (and are getting my blood pumping with excitement like never before)!!! It's been a while since I have done a pretty lengthy post about things that have caught my eye, and well, I could not wait another minute to tell you about the following:

First, if you haven't already checked out or subscribed to my favorite online HIV Publication (based out of Canada), you must get on this "know-what's-going-on" train with PositiveLite.com.  This is the publication that first broke my story back in September 2011 and just recently (and graciously) posted an update about what's been going on in my life since they featured that interview. This post includes video footage of my new speaking program "Blunt-Talk: How I Live" and shares my feelings and emotions of what it was like to get back on stage speaking out loud about living with HIV/AIDS. Please show PositiveLite (and me) your support by checking out this latest post! (Click Here to read).  Thanks again to the team at PositiveLite.com (Bob Leahy and Brian Finch) for allowing me to continue to share the progress of my life so openly! Also, "Blunt-Talk: How I Live" as well as my new production "Beyond-Belief" are available to conferences, charity events, school and university assemblies and more! So if you (or someone you know) are interested please contact me through my site.

If there is one thing I firmly believe is lacking in the HIV community, it is the sharing of more stories about people who are living with HIV/AIDS, their successes, their struggles and more. I believe that the more stories told, the greater the impact we will make in breaking down stigma about the virus. I happened to come across a pretty cool project that is making a bold step in telling such a story in a very unique way.  A film about Tyler Francis and Ryan Hunt, a couple who have been together for over two years. They are very much in love and are about to start a family by adopting a son. As the adoption gets closer, Tyler realizes he must reveal a dark secret that he has kept from Ryan: his HIV-positive status. DISCLOSURE follows Ryan’s emotional journey after his discovery of Tyler’s status, exploring the emotional heartache, isolation and discrimination against those who are HIV-positive. I am convinced this project will be very powerful and what's even cooler is that this project will be donating a portion of it's raised funds to a very important organization Until There's A Cure.  Please do check this project out and give them your support!


Some of you have asked me in emails, if I would ever consider doing a video performing a piece of magic, and sharing it with you here in my blog! Well, not just yet! HOWEVER, if you are dying to get your hands on some magic lessons, this next event is for you and simply put is kick-ass awesome! The Las Vegas AIDS Walk has teamed up with Penn & Teller this year!! Yep! They are going to Walk-the-Walk (even if one of them doesn't talk - ha!). 

My Facebook friend Kavin Burkhalter shared this news with me, and I would love to see my friend get the chance to experience the magic of Penn & Teller behind the scenes! You can read all about the Penn & Teller Challenge and even show your support for my friend Kavin by clicking here. Seiously, if I were in Vegas, I would be up all over this opportunity! So let's show some support and make this goal a magical success for Kavin!

Now, Lastly, if you haven't had a chance to read my last post about my Project "ALIVE", please take time to do so. I am diligently working to bring back to life the one escape "Piranha Peril" along with the entire concept of my production "ALIVE"; the production that was shut-down abruptly the minute a potential corporate sponsor learned I was HIV+. I believe standing center stage for the world to witness this miracle of a come-back will be a huge success in the fight against breaking down HIV sitgma! Take a minute to watch my video below, and then please take a moment to visit my Project "ALIVE" funding page to consider making my dream, once lost to fear of HIV, come back to life showing the world HIV shall not be feared! 


I am Daniel and I am living pozitively! Thank you for following my blog and again, please do consider supporting the projects above! They are all vital to making our communities safer and healthier for all living with HIV/AIDS.

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1 comment:

  1. This article reminds me of a documentary "Breaking the Silence: Lifting the Stigma of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia." which talks about an increasing number of HIV positive people telling heir own stories in Ethiopia. Some are becoming active, working to reduce discrimination and secure better services.

    To watch the documentary online visit:
    http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1321/

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