Fans of Project Runway know all about Denvers own fashion darling, Mondo Guerra, who was a finalist last season. For one of the challenges, Mondo had to create a textile pattern using computer software. He created this pattern that was purple squares with this plus sign all outlined in yellow, and he actually won that challenge, notes Remigio Darby, Guerras personal representative. And it became the piece, or the creation, that inspired him to disclose his HIV status; that was not necessarily something he had planned. He went into the show with the opposite intention, to keep his status very private. So it was a symbol of empowerment that he wanted to share with the world. And that was the humble beginning of the Pozitivity Project, Guerras campaign to reclaim the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and to provide community support for those living with the disease. Partnering with the Colorado AIDS Project, Pozitivity will launch tonight at Wilhelmina Denver, 209 Kalamath Street, Suite 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event will feature a DJ, appetizers, beverages (including wine and beer), door prizes and a photo booth where people can try on a Pozitiv-a-Tee and have their picture taken. We want to have a collection of people and faces and stories, and these kinds of experiences everyone can share, says Darby. Were not saying if you wear the shirt, youre HIV-positive its not about that. Its about having the compassion to rally around the community and really provide that kind of support that people might not feel is available.
Mondo will be present, Darby adds, and everyone who purchases a ticket will receive one of the Pozitivity shirts, which is the foreground of the campaign. Its the first opportunity for anyone to get their hands on these shirts, and were happy to be able to offer it to Denver first.