By Hana Kajimura
Today, on National Freedom Day, we remember the moment when President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment into law, promising freedom from slavery and involuntary servitude. We remember the moment in 1865 when a nation was able to look beyond difference and move together to right one of our country’s greatest wrongs. Today we commemorate all those, past and present, recognized and unrecognized, who dedicate their courage, perseverance, and strength to the pursuit of freedom.
In the realm of HIV/AIDS, many still feel trapped by stigma. Cultural norms and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS prevent many who are HIV positive from telling their status or their story. Stigma discourages even more of us from getting tested and treated. Today is a day to spread the message of freedom, on both a national and individual level. Please take a moment to celebrate your own freedom, and give hope to those who are not free to be themselves. We can all share our own dreams of freedom.