Courtney made top 3 of Drag Race's season 6 and appeared on Big Brother, being a voice of rationality in a show that's known for clownery. Since the show, she's still singing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (the first drag queen to do it) and modelling for American Apparel.
Now, Courtney became the spokesperson for "Ending Hiv NZ", a New Zealand based campaign for HIV awareness. “An ex-boyfriend of mine is living with HIV,” Act shared for the campaign.
“He has an undetectable viral load so I know first-hand how this can affect people in a serodiscordant couple – which is where one partner is HIV-negative and one is HIV-positive. It was great to know he could have much better health in the long-run and that scientific evidence shows he was unable to pass on HIV on to me, even without condoms. We live in a fear-based world where HIV stigma can prevail, but armed with science and facts I was able to break down the stigma in my own mind and be in a happy and healthy relationship with my partner.”
The HIV stigma still looms large over the community, where poz people receive hate for simply putting themselves out there. Educating people, no matter what sexuality, helps with lowering new HIV cases and a better understanding of poz people and their condition.
Ontd, are you educated enough about HIV?