NWGHAAD Highlight Part 2- Amanda Blake, Sharon Redd, & Yvonne Vera

Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake was an actress who is best known for her role in Gunsmoke.  She was in the entertainment industry for over thirty years and is featured in a number of television shows and films.  It was originally believed Amanda died of cancer but later her death certificate revealed she had liver failure and hepatitis which was AIDS-related, as reported by the New York Times.

Sharon Redd

Sharon Redd was a singer who started her career as a solo artist.  She went on to become one of Bette Midler’s Hartlettes and a background singer for high profile artists including Luther Vandross. Sharon also landed roles as an actress, starring in the Australian version of Hair and her own television special.  Sharon died in 1992 from pneumonia due to AIDS complications.   Check out Never Give You Up to vibe with Sharon.

Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera was an author from Zimbabwe.  She has published a number of books and is known for poetic prose and strong women characters.  Yvonne died in 2005 from AIDS-related meningitis. You can review her works on Goodreads.

These are three beautiful and career driven women who were infected with HIV.  HIV/AIDS is not a specific color, person, class, or place.  It can happen to anyone.

Thank you Amanda, Sharon, and Yvonne.  Because of you, we know more…

1 Comment
  • Shalena
    Posted at 11:46h, 21 March Reply

    I appreciate you highlighting these dynamic diverse women because HIV/AIDS effects everyone. I get so frustrated with people who still assume it to be a disease specific to gay men!

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