Manchester city councilor acknowledges HIV infection

A member of the Manchester City Council in England told gay-pridegoers Aug. 30 that he is HIV-positive.

“I and many other HIV-positive gay men have experienced rejection and even hostility from within the gay community, as well as support,” Councilor Paul Fairweather said.

“I cannot stand here tonight and talk about being HIV-positive without the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues. Many of us have this love and support, but many of us don’t.

“We have to beat the stigma and the nonsense surrounding this,”
Fairweather said.

By Rex Wockner


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