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AIDS Quilt in Second Life

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AIDS Quilt in Second Life




Firstly, I would like to thank the 2009 Committee for allowing me to have complete control over the build. The parklike simplicity of it allowed people to focus on what the Quilt meant as well as giving them a quiet spot to connect with their feelings. Thank you.


Secondly I am pleased as punch to be included yet again in Second Pride.

I'm a former soldier, a continuing patriot, and a father raising a son. But as far as I am concerned, as long as one segment of American society is deprived of their constitutional rights, has to walk in fear because of who they love or feel they are, who risk life and limb in public if they dress in the way that soothes their soul the most--or hold hands with their beloved....then this is not truly the land of the free.

My father described being in the Army, while on leave in a small Alabama town in the '50's and standing in shock as a car went by dragging an African American to death down the city street. No..he didn't go to the police...because ..it was most likely a cop driving he was told.Besides, back then that was the way it was.

Is it any different for us now? We are slowly being granted the right to marry and have our own cable channel. Nice. But how many of you can kiss your lover in public without an expression of disgust coming from someone?
How many FtM's do not feel fear walking into a public men's room? Why is AIDS suddenly a non topic these past 8 years? I live in a small farming town in Wisconsin, where it is ok to play "Smear the Queer" in school, but you'll find yourself suspended for playing "N*gger in the Middle" as I used to do as a kid.

Our people are still suffering and dying, and even the most scientific minded will hark back to Genesis (male and female he created them) and of course Leviticus.

We need Second Pride, to reach the world. We hold peaceful protests, and celebrate our humanity.

We also need to point out, how many have died because like Native Americans, and African Americans, it's still acceptable in America... to treats us as though we are not human,because "God said so"

Sorry if I'm a bummer..but it is..the way it is.

Peace..and brownies Jase
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Post on Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:04 pm  Rimpoche Kiama

Jase,

I want to emphasize again if I haven't enought already just how much of a cornerstone I think this project is to Pride, and our community. On behalf of this years committee I would like to offer our sincerest gratitude for your work and involvement in the community and look forward to working with you again in the coming year.

When I talk to people in and out of SL, the general consensus is that hiv/aids is something from the 80's and it's been dealt with. The new generation is immune. I want to weep when I hear this because the virus doesn't care about our ignorance. It will kill. Period.

I'd like to suggest to the events committee that one month this year should be focused on two things: Remembering our Heritage, and Remembering the impact on the "ongoing" epidemic of hiv/aids. A sim wide aids quilt memorial in my opinion would be the bees knees with some kind of senetaph perhaps?

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Post on Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:46 pm  Jase Byrne

Well, I just got the final results from the medical voodoo people so I wont be heading for surgery til end of august....Which means I can commit without fear to projects now...lets roll bro..lets roll...Lizzette Zenkova is a good person to talk to on this too...

Jase

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Post on Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:40 am  Rimpoche Kiama

WOOT!

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Post on Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:43 am  Guest

I agree with what you all have posted and am very willing and able to help wherever I can. The Quilt RL has been something I have worked with when it has come to my city as a Grief Counselor during its stay. HIV/AIDS is always on hand to take another person down...it is our duty to do whatever we can to help eliminate it and to do all we can to spread awareness, fundraise and stay on top of it. We do this for the ones who cannot, the ones we have lost, and for the future that perhaps one day we won't have to do this anymore.
To J. hang in there sweetie...you are loved and supported and we are sure you will again grace us with your wonderful help and all you do in so many ways in Second Pride and with our own beloved Quilt.
Madi

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