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Gay Ally & Activist Pauley Perrette

By Charlotte Robinson, October 24, 2012
We watch NCIS to see Pauley Perrette with her Goth punk clothes & Bettie Page hair. She still looks a bit like the New York club scene bartender she once was minus the white Mohawk that first attracted TV producers & modeling agents in the ’90s. Today as Abby Sciuto, the forensic wunderkind with a heart of gold on CBS’s number 1 drama, NCIS, Perrette is one of television’s most popular actresses. She’s also a fierce gay ally & one of the most active celebrities in support of HIV causes. She graces the cover of the November-December Issue of HIV Plus Magazine where she talks about why activism is important, the role the church should play in HIV outreach & what it was like to portray an HIV-positive woman on the silver screen. When asked why using her celebrity to further causes, especially HIV & AIDS awareness is important to her, Perrette stated, “I have a lot of experiences that really shaped that. I remember once when I first moved to New York City when I was like 21.This was before the drug cocktail & the environment around HIV had not even evolved to where it is now. But it was Christmas Eve & I was alone in New York & I didn’t have any money at all, I was always broke & alone. So I went down to 14th Street & bought a little bag of Christmas tree balls and took them over to St. Vincent’s Hospital & went up to the HIV ward. I just went in & gave them each a little Christmas ball. What struck me the most was that everyone in there was alone & that really broke my heart.”
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