Dear Gossips,

Beyoncé released the video for All Night yesterday. It’s part of Lemonade so if you’ve seen Lemonade, it’s not new, but it hasn’t been available online as a standalone until now. All Night is the fourth single from the album. Grammy nominations are coming next week on December 6. And Lemonade is expected to receive a lot of them. That may explain the timing? But, since she’s Beyoncé, it’s not like anyone really knows what, exactly, her intentions are. Songs, however, are personal, both to the artist and to the receiver. We hear and interpret them through our own prisms. For me, All Night is about healing and it’s about going forward, with love. And All Night, right now in particular, for me, is about today, World AIDS Day.

I have a nephew who is 18 year old. He’s in university now, having such a great time. Which makes me so happy. One of the reasons I’m so happy is because at 18 he’s not had the experience I’d had by the time I was 18: knowing and then losing someone to AIDS. If you grew up in the 80s as I did, chances are you did too. Still, according to the Canadian AIDS Society, “21% of Canadians who are HIV-positive don’t even know it”. And according to a new report released by UNICEF just today, globally “1.1 million children, adolescents and women were newly infected in 2015”. Also, “AIDS remains a leading cause of death among adolescents, claiming the lives of 41,000 adolescents aged 10-19 in 2015, according to the 7th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS: For Every Child: End AIDS”.

So there’s still a lot of work to be done to increase awareness about prevention, to increase resources and access for those who are living with HIV/AIDS, and to challenge the discrimination and stigma around HIV and AIDS. Please click here and here for additional information on how you can contribute. And #SexHappens. So please stay on top of your status and get tested regularly. There is a real possibility that we might see the end of the epidemic in our lifetime. It’s an enormous challenge. But it’s not unsurmountable.

Yours in gossip,