Women’s History Month – Mary Bowman

Today, we honor poet and advocate Mary Bowman (1989-2019), as we continue our recognition and celebration of the incredible women who have been at the forefront of the fight against HIV for Women’s History Month. In May of 2019, the HIV/AIDS world lost its most promising poet, advocate, author, singer & young person living with AIDS, Mary Bowman. Mary was only 30 years old at the time of her passing. Born with HIV, she lived out her experiences of growing up & living with HIV (and losing a mother to AIDS) through her art. As a young, out woman of color, she was a dynamic, vital voice for the next generation of individuals living with HIV. She was proud & willing to speak of her own challenges with not just her own health needs (mental health, social support), but also a fierce advocate for other young people with HIV for whom a voice was lacking. For Mary, the arts gave her the platform and voice to channel her creative energy, her passion, her truth.If you’re a lover of poetry, check out her two published poetry collections: Lotus & Emerge.#AIDATL#WomensHistoryMonth#stopHIVtogether#blackhealthmatters#blacklivesmatter#liftblackvoices

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