How Magic Johnson saved my life

“Dear Magic Johnson: Your decision to go public [about living with HIV] in 1991 helped save my life. You single-handedly re-shook up the world, which had grown complacent and ambivalent towards AIDS since Rock Hudson’s 1985 announcement.

Your announcement was a stimulus to global effort, as has been your simply walking this earth, being who you are, a sports commentator, a businessman, a former athlete–all the while owning your HIV status with a smile.

You, Magic Johnson, turned out to be the world’s greatest cheerleader for conquering AIDS.”