Love, Politics and an HIV Test

I saun­tered in a black hal­ter and pur­ple peek toe stilet­tos, my sum­ma­time (sic) shoes.  I walked over to the bar, ordered a com­pli­men­ta­ry spe­cial­ty cock­tail, apt­ly named “Love,” and sipped for just a few moments before I was joined by a gen­tle­man dressed in red.  A red tie that is, one of two col­ors deemed accept­able for a man who wish­es to be tak­en seriously.

“So are you here for love or are you here for pol­i­tics?” was his opener.

Con­sid­er­ing the name of the annu­al event was “Love + Pol­i­tics”, a recep­tion that con­sid­ered the impact of HIV on our com­mu­ni­ties, and aimed to hon­or activists mak­ing strides in rais­ing aware­ness about the dis­ease, I thought his line was clever.

“I’m here for the fan­cy cocktails.”