Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd WinickYou are eighteen years old. You get up in front of a thousand people--your classmates, your friends, basically the people who make up your entire existence--and announce, Im HIV positive.
Told entirely in sequential art, here is the story of the life-changing friendship between the author, a cartoonist from Long Island, and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS activist, which was filmed day by day on MTVs Real World San Francisco.
As a speaker and educator, a guest on many talk shows (including Oprah), and when his tragic death received front-page coverage in the press, Pedro taught a generation that AIDS was not a punishment for moral defects or a mere killer that reduced humans to wraiths. Rather, he showed how those afflicted with the disease could live and love nobly with intelligence, humor and great humanity. Judd Winicks compelling memoir allows each of us to experience the vitally important message Pedro brought us.
Inspiring, moving, informative, and instantly accessible, Pedro and Me could become one of the books that defines a generation.
The Assassination of Pedro Zamora, Excerpt 2
Pedro Zamora: from ‘Real World’ to real legend
Open Document. Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper. Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly. Born in Bilbao, Spain, he initially felt called to set the world ablaze through medicine. He undertook medical training for a number of years, but decided his true calling lay with the Jesuits, joining in He was unable to pursue his studies in Spain as the Republican government had expelled the Order.
In Season 1, African American cast member Kevin Powell tried to use the show as a platform to discuss race; in Season 21, which concludes Wednesday night, all eight housemates have something they want imparted to viewers. The young HIV educator -- he was 22 when he died -- was always on message. He brought a scrapbook of his education work to show his cast mates, immediately lectured them on HIV transmission and took them along on his speaking gigs. And he and his boyfriend, Sean Sasser, had a tear-jerking commitment ceremony before the cameras. It airs on MTV Wednesday at 8 p. On MTV, Clinton will introduce the film. The movie, therefore, reflects the maturation of reality television as a genre; its stories are now informing scripted projects.
Zamora's romantic relationship with Sean Sasser was also documented on the show; their relationship was later nominated by MTV viewers for "Favorite Love Story" award,  and the broadcast of their commitment ceremony , in which they exchanged vows, was the first such same-sex ceremony in television history, and is considered a landmark in the history of the medium. President Bill Clinton credited Zamora with personalizing and humanizing those living with HIV—especially to Latino communities—with his activism, including his testimony before Congress. After the birth of their seventh child, Zoraida had been told that she would not be able to have another, so when Zamora was born feet first on February 29, , leap day leap year , he was regarded as charmed and treated specially by those in his community. As a result, life became difficult for the Zamoras who lived in a small house with a dirt floor. Food was scarce and Zoraida traded on the black market for food. After five days of processing in Cuba, the entire family was set to board on May 30, , when, hours before they were to do so, Cuban officials ruled that his four older brothers were too close to draft age and had to remain.
Tonight was the homecoming football game at Pedro Zamora's alma mater, Hialeah High School, his stomping grounds when he learned he was infected with H. The message, it seems, got through to many of them, even those who said they never met him. Zamora shown in one of her classes. Partly because he was among few young people speaking out about AIDS, partly because of his heart throb looks and easy manner, Mr. Zamora became one of the most sought-after speakers on the disease after he tested positive for H.