Viewers of Netflix’s Queer Eye know Jonathan Van Ness as the unfailingly effervescent force for appreciating all things self-affirming and gorgeous (or as he may put it, “gorge”). Yet in his bestselling memoir, the grooming expert and champion of self-love details his darker struggles, from the challenges of growing up gay in rural Midwestern America, to suffering sexual abuse as a boy and later becoming addicted to drugs. Van Ness also reveals that at age 25 he tested positive for H.I.V. He has become one of the most prominent advocates for the H.I.V. positive community.
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