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Monday, November 28, 2011

How I plan to reflect on World AIDS Day (and the day after)

I can't believe that we are upon 30 years of reflection as we look back on how the AIDS Crisis has infected and affected many across the globe. I am filled with tears of joy because I am approaching my 10 year anniversary of life since I was diagnosed back in 2002.

As I reflect back on these past 10 years, I am eternally grateful and thankful for those who have joined the fight against HIV/AIDS including all the scientists, researchers, activists, support agencies, independent film makers who tell our story, online support networks and those living with and affected by HIV / AIDS. I would not be the strong, healthy person I am today if it were not for all of these entities working collectively together.

So I thought I would take this time to share with you how I will be reflecting on these past 30 years on World AIDS Day (and the day after); and for those of you that may be in New York City (and those of you who emailed me asking what I would be up to) some of my plans are open to the public and might be of interest to you as you begin to make plans.

On Thursday, December 1st,  I will likely wake up in a bundle of nerves because I will be presenting, in the morning, my new national speaking program, Blunt-Talk: How I LiVe to the student body (400 students!) at a prestigious New York City high school. My message will be strong and filled with hope; sharing the intimate details of what happened to me back in 2002 and how I have been dealing with living with HIV / AIDS since. I have performed and spoke on stages for thousands, and I admit that even to this day I still get nervous just before stepping on stage. Wish me luck!!

Rohan Spong & Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Following my speaking engagement, I felt it was important for me to learn and be part of something historical. I have decided to attend, what I believe will be one of the most epic World AIDS Day independent film premieres here in New York City, All The Way Through Evening, Directed by the internationally acclaimed Rohan Spong (previous work includes T is for Teacher, reviewed as one of the best films of 2009 in Australia.)  Check out the trailer below and for the complete synopsis of this film and to purchase tickets, please visit the film's website. If you do attend (which I hope you will), please look out for me and do come say hi

ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING - Trailer from rohan spong on Vimeo.

Many of my followers have inquired, asking if I will be speaking / performing publicly. The answer is YES!! On the day after World AIDS Day, December 2nd, I will present my Blunt-Talk speaking program at the Staten Island LGBT Center as well as perform several pieces of magic from my recent off-Broadway show, Purity.  This event is FREE!! And if you do attend, bring some friends along so I can read their minds!!

For those of you in Manhattan, um it's a hop skip and jump off the Ferry! I have posted a flier here with all the details.

It would mean a great deal if you would all help spread the word about these events I am attending, and I do hope many of you will come out to support.

World AIDS Day for me will be about speaking, listening, giving back and sharing the magic of my life while others share the magic of their lives with me! I am looking forward to reflecting. . . with all of you.

Love and hugs!!

I am Daniel and I am living pozitively.


  1. He spoke at my school today, it was one of the best speakers we've ever had if not the best. Keep it up man!

  2. Bluedrago505, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I am really stoked to hear you think I was one of the best speakers ever! Wow - huge smile on my face! Your school really rocks! stay safe and love yourself every day!!!

  3. Daniel, what you do is immensely important to those young people who were not here 25+ years ago to live the beginning and middle of this disease that is HIV/AIDS. It is vitally important that the fight be continued. Thank you. @bobtyler4

  4. Dan you are truly and inspiration and I know that I have learned so much, keep up the great work and I know that you are making such a change in the world. I am honored to know you and lucky to call you my friend.

  5. Hi Daniel. I just wanted to let you know that your speech was absolutely amazing. It must have taken A LOT of nerve to share such a personal story. I cannot imagine what you have to go through everyday, but I really admire your strength. Thank you for coming to my school because you've made a difference in my life. I hope your family will one day realize what a wonderful person you are. Good luck with everything!

  6. Daniel, The year was 1986. My son, my only child, then abt age 7 was sitting alongside me on my bed watching television. A commercial came on that spoke briefly about AIDS...My precious child turned to me and asked "Mom, What's AIDS?"
    So began our first conversation on what the disease was and was not, how it could be caught and how it could not be caught.
    When my son was a little older and the AIDS Quilt came through the Boston area (we then lived in Eastie) my son and I went to view it. POWERFUL and EMOTIONAL...I was glad to be able to share that with him. I have always been open and honest with my son and we talked about anything and everything.
    I wanted to share this with you and Twitter only allows so many letters lol.
    What you are doing is so important and you are an inspiration.
    I lost a cousin Richard Roberts, to the AIDS Virus when he was in his 30's. I never got to meet him. I do all I can to help educate people.
    Bless you for all you do hun


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