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Victoria

December 1998

Hi again everyone! I hope everybody had a great Halloween. I've got a few things to say today. I'll do this in chronological order just to make it simple. First off I want to talk about the field trip my school took on the Friday before Halloween. My entire health class got to go look at the AIDS quilt. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is a quilt 27 football fields long made up of names of people who have died from the AIDS virus. There are thousands of quilts added every day. It was very sad for me. If you have seen it then you know how powerful it is. If not, take my word for it. It hit me seeing how large it really was. And we didn't even see the entire thing. It can't be seen all at once it's too big. I'm not sure which year it won it for but it won the Nobel Peace Prize. I think it deserved it too. If you haven't seen it I really suggest that you do.

Even though it was very sad for me it was a wonderful experience as well, seeing so many lives being celebrated. Because you have to remember that it is not just about mourning. I cried a lot while I was there but then I realized that the quilt was about hope. Hoping that there will be a cure someday and celebrating all the lives of the people who had to go through it. After looking at it that way it was a wonderful experience. I really think that you should see it at least once in your life and remember that it is not totally a sad thing. There is hope and happiness in the rejoicing of people's lives.

While I was looking at one of the quilts throughout the day I heard a group of guys making gay jokes. Right there! In the middle of the quilt. Some people just make me sick. First of all they were being disrespectful to everyone there! Second of all they were being ignorant. I don't think people realize that AIDS is not a "gay" disease. It's not a "straight" disease. It doesn't matter if you're Asian, African, gay, straight, lesbian, blue, or green. AIDS is a disease that affects everyone and until people realize that we aren't going to get anywhere. I've thought about it a lot and at first it never really occurred to me that AIDS could affect me because I was a lesbian. Then after thinking about it I realized that it could affect anyone. Whether it's oral, anal, or any other kind of sex you are ALWAYS at risk.

I am not going to speak out against sex because I know people are going to do it. All I ask of you is to please be responsible about it! I've thought about it and at first I wasn't going to bother taking precautions because I thought "this won't happen to me" but after seeing the quilt I realized it's out there and it is hunting us all down. You also have to realize that it is not uncontrollable. That's right. Guess who controls it? YOU! Kids like us are the next generation. It is in OUR control. So please think about that before you put yourself at risk.

One other thing to think about is that whenever you have sex with someone you are having sex with all the people that person has had sex with and all the people that person's other partners have had sex with. Nice thought, huh? Remember that I said I'm not speaking out against sex because that would be totally unrealistic, even for myself, just be smart in your decision making! Ok I need to send this in soon or it won't make the next issue. Sorry it wasn't longer. Thanks for listening. You can reach me at Cyrano89@aol.com if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Thanks again for your time.

Victoria


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