Alexis Arquette Died of an AIDS / HIV Related Illness

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Alexis Arquette Died of an AIDS / HIV Related Illness

Alexis Arquette lived a life few of us could ever dream of. She also died bravely with her family and friends around her, as they celebrated her life and passing. The stories coming from her family makes one thing clear, Alexis knew how to live a great life.

Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am,” Richmond posted on Facebook. “He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.

I am feeling immense gratitude to have been afforded the luxury of sharing life with him/her, for learning from Alexis, for being given the gift of being able to love him/her and to be loved by him/her. He was a force.

“He died as he lived, on his own terms. I am immensely grateful that it was fast and painless. It was an incredibly moving experience and I am humbled and grateful to have been able to have been with him as he began his journey onward.”

 “Thank you, Alexis, I love you and will love you always.”

Alexis' death gives us a moment not only to reflect on how courageous she was in death, but also in life. Alexis was a very proud transgender woman, when being trans wasn't widely accepted. She dealt with ridicule, when ridiculing transgender men and women was considered safe and fun. During her life she got to witness the world change before her eyes as transgender visibility became a conduit for tolerance. The world wasn't perfect when she left, but I'm sure she was filled with hope for all of us who she left behind.

Its now time to talk about AIDS and HIV. It's a dangerous disease even though modern medicine has made it less so. TRUVADA or PrEP is available to protect yourself from contracting the illness. A lot of people are not taking HIV and AIDS seriously, Alexis's death is reminder of how big of a mistake that can be. If you contract HIV, you'll be taking a medicine just like PrEP to survive. Why not take the medication before it gets to that point?

How Alexis contracted HIV is irrelevant. If you're in a high risk group for contracting the illness, please take the necessary steps to ensure I'm not writing an article just like this one for you someday.

Alexis' passing is both beautiful for the courage she displayed, but it's also tragic and premature. Please be safe.