Robert Carr Memorial Lecture: Speech by Cheryl Overs AIDS 2012

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<ul><li><p>7/31/2019 Robert Carr Memorial Lecture: Speech by Cheryl Overs AIDS 2012</p><p> 1/2</p></li><li><p>7/31/2019 Robert Carr Memorial Lecture: Speech by Cheryl Overs AIDS 2012</p><p> 2/2</p><p>myself the impact of stigma, abuse and discrimination in my life. He enabled me to own my</p><p>experience and therefore move on. So for me Robert was a great friend and a great counsellor</p><p>and a brilliant teacher. Unfortunately he was never able to teach me how to be graceful and</p><p>dignified as he was in the face of bullshit. Meeting Roberts dad after the session made me</p><p>think that maybe that is inherited not taught.</p><p>I have great memories of good times with Robert. I am so glad I got to eat roti with him at his</p><p>favorite place in Trinidad. Laughing in London. Some that cant be mentioned. I miss him</p><p>terribly and remember him with lots of smiles and love as well as the gratitude for his truly</p><p>empowering support and I break the silence in his memory.</p><p>Post Script : After the session I was surprised by how many people came to tell me they have</p><p>had similar struggles with discrimination within HIV/AIDS NGOs and had difficulty recognising</p><p>that particular form of bullshit and dealing with its consequences.</p><p>------------------------------------------</p><p>Cheryl Overs works at the Michael Kirby Centre for Health and Human Rights, Monash</p><p>University School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Australia. Cheryl is founder of</p><p>the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the</p><p>Global Commission on HIV and the Law.</p></li></ul>