Jonathan Van Ness, the star of the hit television series “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” has announced that he has H.I.V.
And the wackos at Time Magazine and fellow progressives have joined him in celebrating the news of his H.I.V. diagnosis.
“’Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Says He Is a ‘Member of the Beautiful H.I.V.-Positive Community,’” the headline from Time said.
‘Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Says He Is a ‘Member of the Beautiful H.I.V.-Positive Community’ https://t.co/wJX3NEiH9Z
— TIME Culture (@TIMECulture) September 21, 2019
He said that he hopes he can bring attention to misperceptions about being H.I.V. positive, saying that he is healthy and a proud “member of the beautiful H.I.V.-positive community.”
Van Ness revealed to the Times’ Alex Hawgood that he was sexually assaulted when he was a child, and explained that “[f]or a lot of people who are survivors of sexual assault at a young age, we have a lot of compounded trauma.”
Through therapy, Van Ness later processed that the abuse pushed him to self-destructive behaviors. He shared that in his early teens he had sex with older men he met online, and when he was in his first year of college he advertised sex for money on Gay.com, a chat and personals site, to make up for spending money from his mother on cocaine.
Van Ness later dropped out of college, attended an 11-month beautification program, and began working at hair salons. But he still struggled with drug addiction in his early 20s, and went to rehab twice for smoking methamphetamine. He said he relapsed both times, but has not done hard drugs in years.
“That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” he said in his book “Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love,” on the day he tested positive for H.I.V. at Planned Parenthood.
And then, as predictable as the tides, the star took the occasion to attack President Donald Trump for his predicament.
“When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,’” he said.
“And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me,’” he said.
AIDS free is the new minority
— Jonathan Byrne (@DefNotTheIRS) September 21, 2019
Umm? I remember when we did not want to get stds. Today it’s like the more you get the cooler you are.
— WonderPOGS (@WonderPogs) September 21, 2019
Congratulations. Incredible achievement
— Arthur Piranha (@realArtPiranha) September 21, 2019
Beautiful hiv community? What the fu*k is wrong with you people?
— alpinelakes (@alpinelakes1) September 21, 2019
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