Shedding light on living with HIV/AIDS

Victoria busker Terry Groom is among the featured speakers at We are Here

Victoria busker Terry Groom is among the featured speakers at We are Here, An Evening of Storytelling, marking World AIDS Day on Dec. 2 at the Belfry Theatre.

Known on the street as the ukulele playing Tee Jay, Groom will offer his personal story as a way to shed light on what it’s like living with HIV, and the stigma in the community facing people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

As part of the project, storyboards reflecting local stories are in place at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s central, Bruce Hutchison and Juan de Fuca branches.

The project is a joint initiative between AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society, Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Service Society (VARCS) and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

The storytelling session happens Dec. 2 at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Start time is 6:30 p.m. and entry is free.