THAT REMEMBRANCE DAY!

Roger-Luc Chayer

One morning in October 2012, during my first coffee, I received a call from the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec to tell me that by order of the Queen, I was going to receive a medal to reward my careers of journalist and musician, both in Canada and in Europe.

Suddenly, he invited me to come and receive my medal at a military ceremony, in the presence of a few relatives and the Lieutenant Governor himself, which I obviously accepted.

During the ceremony, as for an event that arouses a lot of emotions, I reviewed the course of my life, telling myself that I had been quite daring. Leaving my parents at 16, going to Europe to study alone at 18, buying a magazine in 2002, teaching the horn, playing in the best orchestras and ensembles in Europe, immortalizing my best recordings on Cds in short, that day, I told myself that I was still a funny character who had succeeded in almost everything

what he had done. At school and at the conservatory, it was the same. But where I have failed all my life is in dealing with grief. The loss of so many friends and my lover to AIDS, I speak of my good Pascal Coste from Marseille, has left me with a feeling that never leaves me. It always comes back, every year, and it is to avenge them that I publish this trade magazine as well as the most important LGBT news wire in the world, or almost!

The tragedy, basically, is that with each discovery that continues to destroy or better manage HIV, a great sadness takes hold of me, followed by constant frustration that those I loved are no longer there. to benefit from it, and that leaves me with an infernal vacuum. That is why it is vital and fundamental that research get rid of this blemish as quickly as possible of HIV, which has claimed so many lives and which has decimated the gay community.

If we finally manage one day to find an effective curative and preventive vaccine, we will be able to stop reliving our griefs constantly, we may be able to start thinking about moving on and closing the ledger of this other pandemic.

Until then, I make it my duty, as always, to educate and inform about this disease, via the Gay Globe Media Group, and I hope to be able to do so with ever more efficiency and results, until ‘to victory. Then we too can have our Remembrance Day!