After Testing Positive, He Shared His Experience To Educate His Community

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L. Graciella Maiolatesi
August 2, 2022

Danny Scarborough had everything going for him. He was an Emmy Award-winning choreographer with a thriving community and loving partner. 

But then he got a diagnosis that changed his life forever.

In 1984 Scarborough tested positive for AIDS. He was terrified – what would his community think of him? But then he remembered his grandfather.

His grandfather taught him knowledge is “the best defense against racism and hatred.” Taking a huge risk, Scarborough was one of the first Black celebrities to openly admit to having AIDS. 

Before his death, Scarborough used his platform to educate our community, specifically Black men, about how the virus spreads, testing, and to use protection when engaging in intercourse.

White supremacy will weaponize a disease by blaming it on a group of people, often attaching race to said disease. They did this with AIDS, COVID, Ebola, and now Monkeypox! 

Don’t fall into their trap - anyone can get these! Make sure you and your community are informed and take proper precautions.

When he learned of his condition, Scarborough could have given in to fear and stayed silent but he courageously spoke up and, in doing so, saved many lives. 

As we collectively navigate multiple pandemics we’re responsible for keeping ourselves and our communities safe. Mask up, share resources, and support one another where we can.

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