A drag queen Electra La Cnt from Belfast used last week’s Pride celebrations to shine a spotlight on the stigma still surrounding HIV.As part of her stunning pride outfit, Electra La Cnt wore a tiara coated with HIV+ blood, in a bid to fight bigotry and encourage conversation around the problem of HIV. The crown was coated in the blood of a consenting HIV+ donor, taken by a qualified doctor, then applied to the crown to dry, letting the virus die with it.
The reason of it was the stigma towards HIV+ people which still exists even in the LGBT community. “I’ve witnessed abuse on gay dating apps that HIV+ friends of mine have had to suffer from other gay men. People are still confused over how HIV is transmitted”, the drag queen said, “So it’s to get people talking, fight the stigma, and promote Belfast Pride’s message this year, which was ‘We Are One’. That includes our HIV+ brothers and sisters too: gay, lesbian, transgendered, non-binary and heterosexuals too,” she added. La Cnt – who holds permanent residency at Boombox nightclub in Belfast – says the reaction to her outfit has so far been “brilliant”. “It’s been well received by members of the public and social media. I can only do my bit for the fight against the stigma, and I think using my platform as a drag queen will help that. It’s what pride day really is about,” she told one of the British popular LGBT news portals, . “I can’t ask for more than to spread a message of mutual respect and understanding.”