Sharing personal information brings people closer together. But how do you know when you’ve gone too far—or when someone else has ulterior motives?
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I couldn’t agree more with what you say about depression, and the need for better mental health care for all of us who have lived through trauma—which is to say most people, but particularly gay men, others in the LGBTQ community, people of color, those of us perceived and stigmatized as “different” and “other,” too often internalize that stigma. It can undermine us in ways we don’t even realize. I wrote a piece for HuffPost back in 2012 after the NYC AIDS activist Spencer Cox died from advanced untreated HIV infection (aka AIDS) when he stopped taking his HIV meds. AIDS activists were angry at him for setting a poor example. For my part, I called for compassion and suggested we direct our anger at the homophobia and HIV phobia that led Spencer to seek the analgesia of meth—and undermined his will to live.
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