Worthy of kudos is when I hear of friends who may not have verbally come out to their family, but instead mustered the willpower to bring their partner to a family gathering. I heard a few of these stories during the recent Lunar New Year festivities.
I gulped down some courage, reminded myself of the original intent of the photograph and then passed the phone back to my new friend with my "no shame in being HIV+" pic in full view.
The Here I Am campaign is starting the year with wishes, but we won't stop there. We will work hard to create the political will to make a fully funded Global Fund possible in 2013 so that we can begin to end AIDS, TB and malaria.