gratefully a 65 yo. gay male, who had a 42 yr. career as a RN BSN MA, now retired from Nursing/ Education. Now Actor, writer, director producer, whose goal is to infuse the humanity of one career into the new career in the Arts. A long-term survivor of HIV, before there was even a test, and actually participated in the trials of Western Block test development. Bill has always been and Advocate for positive, healthy living and changing the optics/ stigma around HIV through education, candid dialogue and personally overcoming the shame and negativity imposed on HIV positivity. 4 decades living with HIV has been life altering and challenging. In 1990, he lost a partner, brother and 8 other friends.
He worked in HIV spectrum home care for 10 yrs, during the early years, while being HIV positive, himself, wondering when the axe would fall. Gratefully it never did. He was recognized by POZ Magazine in 2018 Celebrating 100 people over 50, making a difference in world around HIV. " I am happy and honored to be part of this Authentic Gay Man podcast" and starting to find my way back into the educational/ story telling world of advocacy. As the Lakota say, we are nothing, But our stories. I know that for certain, as I have lived it and have become the man, I am today for telling my stories, as honestly as I can. I hope a part of this touches your soul.