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WATCH: Brave Baptist Reverend Comes Out as HIV-Positive to Congregation

WATCH: Brave Baptist Reverend Comes Out as HIV-Positive to Congregation

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Young reverend reveals her life with HIV via cardboard signs.

In an emotional video, 28-year-old Baptist Reverend Hayley Young of from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, told her congregation about her diagnosis with HIV in 2013 following an attack and how she’s coped with her daily life since then. Watch how she explains the ups and downs of living with HIV, and how her faith has helped her stay positive.

Her revelation was spurred by her antiretroviral medication causing her hair to fall out. At the beginning of last month, she decided she'd have to tell her flock of 80 followers about her status. Young, who says in the video she was called to the church at 21, has been with Hayling Island Baptist Church since 2011. 

She told the Daily Mail that after she played the video she felt humbled, and that she had overwhelming support from her congregation.

"There is a stigma attached and, thankfully, the church has shown itself to be an inclusive community," she said. 

 

 

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.