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Ms. Plus America

August 15, 2011

I just read a blog about Ms. Plus America being HIV positive.  I must say that I am so proud of her.  For starters, I’m both plus size and HIV positive,  so It’s nice to read about more people like myself.

Michelle Anderson, crowned Ms. Plus America 2011, is a beautiful, plus size, African-American woman.  She is the first openly HIV-positive person to hold a national pageant title.  From reading her bio, she appears to do a lot of HIV/AIDS related activism in her community, Dallas, Texas.

It’s an honor to see such a woman not only succeeding but also educating her community and tearing down stigma.  I’m envious of her willingness to share her story so openly.  While I also share my story, I’m able to do so behind a keyboard.  She, on the other hand, is in front of the world to see.  Congratulations and good luck Ms. Plus America!

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  1. August 15, 2011 3:29 pm

    Hello Kate-

    TWP is at the HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta and Michelle Anderson is here. We haven’t had a chance to meet her yet–but when we do, we’ll definately pass along your congratulations! Such a powerful testimony.

    Thank you for all that you do and we appreciate your courage and voice on AGLM!

    Shalini
    Executive Director
    The Well Project

  2. August 15, 2011 4:06 pm

    As a Plus and a Positive i greatly appreciate your sharing this news. Thanks so much.

    Lynn

  3. August 18, 2011 6:49 am

    Am a plus size and i always tell every body that complains that am big and beautiful. Its good to know that there are women like me out there and go the extra mile to prove it. I feel more inspired that am BIG, BEAUTIFUL & HIV POSITIVE!!!!!!!!!!

  4. September 4, 2011 1:48 am

    I just got wind of the blog. All i can say is “WOW!” Thank you so much for this honor. I appreciate that. I entered the pageant to raise awareness and ens the shame associated with this disease. I am glad women are empowered by my story. I hope more women will become empowered to speak out and tell their stories. We can all end this epidemic one story at a time. My hats off to you! Keep doin watcha doin and know i’m rooting for you!

    • September 22, 2011 1:54 am

      Michele–thank you for stopping through and being an inspiration to so many. You are powerful!

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