Long-time HIV-positive activist Bradford McIntyre is dedicating his new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to others infected and affected by the virus.
“All the people who aren’t here with us, those we have lost, I feel like I carry them with me,” the 60-year-old tells Xtra. “I feel like they are my support, and I feel like they are responsible for why I am here today.”
McIntyre received the Queen’s medal on Nov 27 at the Canadian AIDS Society’s fifth annual World AIDS Day Gala at the Château Cartier in Gatineau, Quebec. He was among five British Columbians and 30 Canadians recognized for their exemplary work and service in the field of HIV/AIDS in Canada.