I couldn’t think of anything more important for this Friday’s Take a Break then yesterday’s post. This Saturday, December 1, is the 25th World AIDS Day, many areas are holding events to fight this good fight.
World Aids day pictures
Include one in your take a break plans. The easiest way, particularly for those somewhat unsure about homosexuality is to educate yourself about the common human needs of all. I for one believe our sexual desires are variously determined in ways that for many cannot be changed or controlled.
A picture of two newly married gay men then poem by a friend who knew many cut down by this disease.
MEN OF A CERTAIN PERSUASIONYes, I read the obits public remembrances of private lives memorialized I read to know who remain: the adored the esteemed the beloved and the loved I read to know although posthumously that: some were generous benefactors committed supporters of the arts dedicated philanthropists accomplished composers inspirational teachers world travelers talented illustrators experts at arbitrage competitive sportsmen and drag queens I started reading obituaries twenty-five years ago to humanize those above beloved who were also the men of a certain persuasion those who were dying of aids As I read over the years these men were also fathers brothers uncles husbands life partners and best friends there was the only child and the eldest of seven accountants and construction workers several authors poets and movie stars there were lovers – of solitude and of god lovers of the sun the ocean fine food and fine wine there was a man’s man and a monsignor I doubt they were the same but I do wonder if they had ever met perhaps in a club or in the confessional All cherished lionized ever so sweet human beings admired for their love of life their sense of humor or fair play each would be dearly missed always remembered and never forgotten
Excerpt from a speech given by Diana, Princess of Wales on “Women and Children with Aids”Edinburgh 8th September 1993Some sections of the media would have us believe that the dark shadow of AIDS is fading away. The predicted explosion has failed to happen and retreated back to those who’ve so often been condemned or ignored. Yet common sense and the testimonies of healthcare workers, worldwide, tell us a very different story. The truth is, that most people infected by HIV are heterosexual and the disease is spreading, throughout the world, at a staggering rate.
You can read the rest of the speech by clicking here.
So take a break this weekend, but not from caring, sharing, or kindness.
Be kind and like, comment, or share. When you pursue kindness, you usually find happiness.
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