Don’t Ever Wipe Tears… or Wear Red Ribbons?


Another blogger writes about the ban on red ribbons being worn by BBC presenters, it makes us really mad. The response received from the Beeb doesn’t really help either.

Alex Sparrowhawk: HIV & Me

This week I’ve tucked myself up in bed early and watched a drama I’ve only just heard about on Twitter “Don’t Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves” a Swedish three part series set in the 1980s at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. It focuses on two gay men as they first start to experiment with their sexuality and develop a relationship with each other. I’ve found it very emotive and thought provoking, even crying whilst watching it.

It also made me very angry. The images of young men in hospital covered in lesions and sores really make you think about the pain and suffering people living with HIV faced back then, and how lucky people like me are now. I’m not sure if I would be as strong as I feel I am now if I had to contend with that much discomfort and loneliness. And I’m angry because HIV…

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