Queer rapper Mykki Blanco released her music video “Hideaway” in honor of National Youth HIV/AIDS Day. Directed by Daisy Zhou, the video interprets the stigma faced by individuals with HIV. It shows Blanco as she takes her antiviral medication before getting ready for a show. A couple is also in the room where one partner is HIV-positive and faces abuse by the partner who is HIV-negative.
Blanco is particularly passionate about the subject because she revealed on Facebook in 2011 she was HIV-positive. “When we choose to stigmatize those living with HIV, we do a disservice to our own humanity,” Blanco says in the video’s introduction.
In an interview with W Magazine, Blanco says working on the video was “insanely synchronistic. It is really cool to create a work that has a consciousness to it—that’s not only politically relevant but relevant about a subject that people still to this day are just afraid to talk about.”
Read more and watch the video on WashingtonBlade.com.