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Out of My Second Closet: I Have AIDS—Get OVA it! Is a memoir of my journey as an AIDS survivor, designed to give you insight into the ups and downs of life as an AIDS victim and survivor. It is also a challenge to consider your own role in improving the social climate that surrounds the issue of HIV/AIDS and those affected by it. I am not a medical doctor, nor am I psychological counselor if you have specific questions about your HIV status, you should consult our medical professional. My only authority comes from ten years of living as an AIDS survivor. I am simply compelled to openly share my experience so that, by the end of this book, you are on your way to becoming well-rounded in your knowledge of this worldwide pandemic, more empowered to discuss it and better equipped to be part of the solution by proactively responding with compassion and understanding. The inclusion of my frank, and sometimes raw, photography is meant to engage your imagination and creativity and spark dialog about a subject that now needs exposure in an out-of-the-box way. Each photograph is meant to expand your thinking about AIDS by literally putting a face on it, a face you haven't seen before. As you turn the pages, imagine that you and I are comfortably situated in my living room in Southern California, with it's dazzling view of the Pacific Ocean. We are sipping our glasses of Chardonnay, and I am sharing with you my personal experience as an AIDS survivor. From there, we launch into the topic of the AIDS pandemic and how it is impacted by today's political climate and by the message presented in The Church. We make observations about where we are today in dealing with the issue. Imagine that we flip through my personal photo album and, with an open mind, you examine each picture, internalize it in some way and share what it means to you. We talk some more. We look at another picture and share some more. This story takes you on a journey inside my world as an AIDS survivor. It is a journey that has been looked upon as shameful, a journey in which I was and often still am, viewed as a second-class citizen. To view my story in it's proper perspective, bear in mind that it is one such story. Literally millions of people live with HIV/AIDS who have similar stories and that is the point. Keep your mind open and allow my story and the accompanying photography to do their work in your mind and heart.
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Dwayne Carl grew up in Aurora, Illinois. Upon graduating from high school, he spent six years in the Air Force, including 13 months in South Korea. Dwayne’s talents in the performing arts led to his being selected as a dancer in an Air Force production which was the Super Bowl XIX halftime show in 1985. Following his honorable discharge, he became a flight attendant for USAir before accepting a job in Atlanta, Georgia. There he pursued acting, singing and dancing on the side; garnering key roles both on stage and in independent films. It was in Atlanta that his personal battle with HIV/AIDS began. With the launch of this much-anticipated memoir and Dwayne Carl Enterprises, LLC, it is his passion to reach the world with his story and help break down the barriers of stigma and prejudice. Dwayne is a highly engaging professional speaker and spokesperson on the topic of HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit www.dwaynecarlenterprises.com. He is a client, volunteer and outreach speaker for AIDS Project Los Angeles and a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. He participates annually in AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Dwayne is a member of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles California, where he devotes his time to Sacred Service, their volunteer ministry. Dwayne works at WEHO (West Hollywood) Sports, a Public Access Television show that covers gay sporting events, conducts fundraisers and shares the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Dwayne Carl currently resides in Redondo Beach, California.
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Book Description Nadine Kent Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0985174005
Book Description Nadine Kent Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 162 pages. 8.25x6.00x0.39 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk0985174005