As a gay man living with HIV and in recovery from mental illness and addiction, my mission is to help others who struggle with these issues know that they are not alone and encourage them to speak out. If I can talk about it, so can you! I dual diagnosed HIV+ and Bipolar 1 in 1996. I write on many topics, financial, recovery, compound stigma, HIV and Bipolar, isolation, disability, some jokes, it's random. In addition to raising awareness I raise funds for both HIV and Rainbow Heights in Brooklyn. I ride subways and buses wearing T-shirts that read, "I'm Positive," "Bipolar," "Bipolar Bear with a bear claw on the shirt" I work part-time, live in public housing and celebrate my 56th birthday on 2/16. I'm thankful to be part of QMH and hope my posts are helpful in letting others, possible like myself know that they are not alone.