Feb 24/09 What will the future be like?
It’s been a hectic last couple of weeks. I was overly preoccupied by a week where things going wrong, and costing me a lot of money overtook my attention. In addition, I headed out to New York last weekend on a pilgrimage to see my comedic hero, Kathy Griffin.
It will come to no surprise for anyone who’s been following me in this campaign, but when it’s all said and done, laughter is my best friend. I love to laugh. I love to find the humour, especially at comedy that pushes boundaries. If someone can make me laugh, I’m in love.
And for two and half hours with front row seats, I was indeed in love. We live with so much heaviness in our lives. There is no doubt this is what got me through the days when there were no effective treatments.
Our friends and lovers were dying as if we were in the midst of a war. It was the one thing that bonded me to my grandmother, her having survived the WWII, and me, in the losing people around me.
I was an ill equipped twenty-two year old who barely knew what it was like to be an adult let alone face what felt like all encompassing death. Even my doctor killed herself while on duty at the St. Boniface Hospital a few months after my test.
So here we are today, it makes me wonder what it will be like in another twenty years.
Will the gay community have come together, or completely split apart? What will have happened to this criminalization trend? Will HIV negative guys ever figure out they play a role in this apart from sero-sorting, and that their behaviour also contributes to raising infection rates? What will the treatments look like? Maybe it will be simply getting a shot once a year, a vaccine?
What do you think?