Pedro Zamora's Torch | Judd Winick

August 24, 2014 1:17 PM

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Pedro Zamora's Torch | Judd Winick

When I think of Pedro Zamora today, I tend to think less of what he accomplished when he was alive and more of the man he would be if he were still with us. He'd be 42 years old. I think he'd be married. I think he'd be living in San Francisco. I think he would have gone back to school and gotten a college degree -- or threatened to do it for a long time before receiving an honorary degree for a commencement speech and joking for the rest of his life, "This way was faster and cheaper." I think he'd be a father. And, most of all, I think he'd still be a teacher.

Pedro was an AIDS educator, a P.W.A. (person with AIDS), and an activist who came to national prominence as a member of the cast of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco. He gained meteoric fame and became an international face of those living with AIDS. He also knocked down barriers that existed for ...

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