September 7, 2018
Written by Charles Sanchez
In what he called “the most important, scary, and liberating post of my life,” New York actor Hernando Umana came out via Instagram as a proud gay man living with HIV.
On Aug. 20, the handsome performer informed his followers and our entire community that 10 years ago, at the tender age of 20, he was diagnosed HIV positive. The singer/actor/dancer, formerly in the cast of Broadway’s Kinky Boots and currently on the national tour of the hit show, School of Rock, bravely shared his truth as a way to combat stigma. In his moving post, he also comforted those who fear disclosing their status, saying, “[Y]ou are LOVED. You are BEAUTIFUL and there is nothing wrong with you.” The powerful post has been picked up by many news outlets and garnered the actor over 5,000 additional followers and supporters.
I recently caught up with the charming Umana over the phone. We talked about his life, family, career, and HIV.