Chris Vincent has HIV. In this video he shares why he decided to tell his story in Hello Gorgeous.
People have asked me about talking publicly about being HIV+, but I never really saw the need to come out about it, I didn’t see what difference it would make.
About a year ago, my friend Rene introduced me to the editor of Hello Gorgeous. They liked my roller-coaster ride of a story — at my lowest I’ve wanted to kill myself, whereas now I’m sincerely happy.
Nothing came of it until this summer, when I was interviewed and photographed for the magazine.
Yesterday, the day I filmed this video, I was at the pharmacy picking up my HIV medication — I’m not kidding — when I discovered that Hello Gorgeous had revealed the cover of their latest issue. The cover was my face, with the words: “Chris is coming out.”
I had no idea that they might put me on the cover. I was honoured, of course, but it was a surprise. The magazine isn’t publicly available until next week, so I felt sort of half ‘outed’ with no explanation as to why I was on the cover of Hello Gorgeous — my HIV coming out story was all in the article, that no one was able to read yet.
Nothing against the magazine, I’m thrilled to be a cover-boy for Hello Gorgeous, and they’ve been fantastic to work with. But the emotions of the situation all became a bit overwhelming. I went home quickly. I tried to think. I was going around in circles. Then I just put on the camera and sat down in front of it. That’s why this video begins with 40 seconds of silence.
It’s 40 seconds of me not knowing if there’s even going to be a video at all, because I have no idea what to say or how to say it.
But words eventually started to materialise.
You’ll be able to read Chris’s coming out story in Hello Gorgeous, but in the meantime here’s his coming out video.