June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010
One Less Golden Girl

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It was a very busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and I. We were at several events and I will be posting pictures and slide shows soon.

While we were busy traveling and doing events, I heard about the passing of Rue McClanahan from a massive stroke at age 76.

Rue is probably best known for her character Blanche Deveraux on the Golden Girls show from the 80s. Rue was also a philanthropist for many animal organizations. She also played on Mama's family and out sitcoms but to me, she will always be Blanche.

Blanche appealed to the gay man in me. She was outgoing, sexual and sassy. She had some of the best one liners on the show and she always spoke her mind.

But then Golden Girls was a great ensemble. The show took on topics like HIV and AIDS when it was not popular to do so:

Not only did they treat the subject matter from a straight perspective when many still considered it a "gay man's" disease but they did it with sensitivity and class.

So yes; I will miss Rue, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. Thanks ladies for making us laugh but more importantly for making us think and helping in your own way to help with stigma against people living with HIV and AIDS.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab