Queer poet and rapper Mykki Blanco, real name Michael Quattlebaum Jr., told his fans Friday that he was HIV positive in a short post on his Facebook page.
He said in the post: ‘Ive [sic] been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career.’
Blanco continued: ‘Fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I’m healthy I’ve toured the world 3 times but I’ve been living in the dark, it’s time to actually be as punk as I say I am.’
In another comment he writes: ‘no more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE’, and on Twitter: ‘no skeleton lurkin ! FREE MAN :)’
no skeleton lurkin ! FREE MAN 🙂
— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015
Blanco is a rapper and performance artist from the US. Described as ‘unapologetically punk’ by Out magazine, his most recent album was called ‘Gay Dog Food’, and detailed his struggles with crafting an identity. His artist’s name is inspired by the rapper Lil’ Kim’s alter ego, Kimmy Blanco.
Blanco identifies as trans or multigendered, though he has a history of working under different gender pronouns. He currently uses male pronouns for himself.
The announcement coincides with Pride Weekend in Brooklyn, where Blanco often performs.