Craig Washington, 50, says being a face of the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta is “poetic.”
“I think there’s something very poetic … there’s an arc of growth and change to come from 25 years ago in the summer of ’85, being terrified and somewhat ashamed,” he says.
“And just operating on faith but not a lot of evidence and not wanting or willing to have anyone know that I was positive, to lending my name and my image as being openly HIV positive,” he adds. “It speaks a lot of how, not so much how much I’ve grown or changed, but also how the society I’m a part of has changed. … That to a certain extent has made room for me to do that.”
Editor's note: This article by Atlanta journalist and GA Voice contributor Ryan Lee was published in the Dec. 17, 2004, issue of the Washington Blade and is reprinted with permission. It is an insightful look back at the past public stands of the pastor who is now accused of sexual coercion of three young men at his church.