We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.— Bryan White
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Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic.
My name is Ryan White. I am sixteen years old. I have hemophilia, and I have AIDS.
I grew up with all kinds ofmusic, but my heart was particularly drawn to Country Music because of the guitar playing, the lyrics and of artists like Steve Warner and Vince Gill.
Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.
There are many people that struggle and struggle and have all the talent in the world, but for some reason they are not successful. You never know why those things happen.
There are peaks and valleys in anything and that is especially true for the music business. It is very inconsistent. But if you are wise, you can let those downs really bring you to another level of your personality.
I believe in myself as I look forward to graduating from Hamilton Heights High School in 1991.
Christmas makes me happy no matter what time of year it comes around.
There is not many tenors in the male category and that makes me stick out.
AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.
Financial hardships were rough on us, even though Mom had a good job at G.M.
I'm an entertainer. If people are paying good money for tickets they deserve the best show they can see. I don't get into lighting stuff on fire, but I do believe in going the extra mile.
One time when somebody showed up in a wedding dress, but I never knew if it was a joke, or she was serious. She asked me to marry her. She was serious. It was pretty funny.
If I ever did cross over I would like to do it tactfully.
I don't want to offend anyone in country. Can you have the best of both worlds? I sure like the idea of it!
I was labeled a troublemaker, my mom an unfit mother, and I was not welcome anywhere.
I came face to face with death at thirteen years old.
How could these people in the public eye not be afraid of me, but my whole town was?
I've never really been a traditional country kind of guy.
I wanted my music to sound more like the end of the '90s and to have the kind of great music, pop or whatever, that radio will embrace.
This brought on the news media, TV crews, interviews, and numerous public appearances.
It's almost scary how good things are right now.
I've been engaged now for about a year, and it's the first time anything like that has happened to me.
The desire to move into a bigger house, to avoid living AIDS daily, and a dream to be accepted by a community and school, became possible and a reality with a movie about my life, The Ryan White Story.
We had great faith that with patience, understanding, and education, that my family and I could be helpful in changing their minds and attitudes around.
On December 17, 1984, I had surgery to remove two inches of my left lung due to pneumonia. After two hours of surgery the doctors told my mother I had AIDS.
I've always wanted to be a real universal artist, one that every type of audience could relate to.
I want people to hear the presence of God in the music.
My studies are important to me. I made the honor role just recently, with 2 A's and 2 B's.
Country Music is great music because it really comes from real life experiences.
It is such a great haven for reality.
Given six months to live and being the fighter that I am, I set high goals for myself.
I received thousands of letters of support from all around the world, all because I wanted to go to school.
A lot of my time was spent searching, thinking and planning my life.
What is nice about country music today is that most artists are not trying to do something everybody else is doing. They really are trying to develop their own uniqueness.
Most recently my battle has been against AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it.
Nat King Cole was a really big influence.
My family and I held no hatred for those people because we realized they were victims of their own ignorance.
I remember my mom dressed like Janis Joplin.
Mayor Koch, of New York, was the first public figure to give me support.
People would get up and leave so they would not have to sit anywhere near me.
I think some people record songs and make records a certain way to cater to radio. If you're born to make commercial music that's cool. But if you're born to not make commercial records, maybe you're meant to cater to another market.
The first five to six years of my life were spent in and out of the hospital.
We began a series of court battles for nine months, while I was attending classes by telephone.
Listening to medical facts was not enough. People wanted one hundred percent guarantees.
Even at church, people would not shake my hand.
The school I was going to said they had no guidelines for a person with AIDS.
Twice a week I would receive injections or IV's of Factor VIII which clotted the blood and then broke it down.
Eventually, I won the right to attend school, but the prejudice was still there.
Both of my parents were musicians.
I'm just one of the kids, and all because the students at Hamilton Heights High School listened to the facts, educated their parents and themselves, and believed in me.