September 14, 2015
This post originally appeared on The Washington Post.
Celeb: Fashion designer Mondo Guerra, “Project Runway” season 8 runner-up (conventional reality show wisdom says he was robbed), who publicly revealed his HIV positive status for the first time on the competition show.
Cause: HIV and Aids awareness and outreach at the 2015 U.S. Conference on AIDS.
Scene: Known for his love of bright colors, bold prints and big glasses, Guerra, 37, cut a decidedly less loud figure in platform sneakers and a pair of ripped gray jeans while strolling the exhibit booths at USCA recently but somehow still made a splash. Unlike in previous years, the Colorado native had no official role at the conference. He wasn’t speaking or signing. He was just showing up. And everyone noticed. Even the people who didn’t really know who he was.