John M. Becker

MA Rep Comes Out as HIV-Positive; Resigns to Lead AIDS Org

Filed By John M. Becker | March 28, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Carl Sciortino, coming out, HIV, HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts, stigma

"As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country's oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years," said Sciortino. "My goal for AIDS Action in the years ahead is simple: continue the work that has resulted in lowering the rate of new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts; provide the multitude of services needed to keep those living with HIV/AIDS connected with health care providers; and continue the public conversation about HIV needed to reduce the stigma that is still so closely associated with this disease."

-- Openly gay Massachusetts State Rep. Carl Sciortino, disclosing his HIV-positive status and announcing that he will resign his seat to lead the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Readers may remember Sciortino from "Father's Son," his popular campaign ad from last fall where he came out to his Tea Party father... as a Massachusetts liberal.

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