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Rapper Mykki Blanco Shares HIV Positive Diagnosis

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 21: Mykki Blanco performs on stage on day 3 of Lovebox Festival 2013 at Victoria Park on July 2
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 21: Mykki Blanco performs on stage on day 3 of Lovebox Festival 2013 at Victoria Park on July 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

On Friday, rapper Mykki Blanco made the decision to share something very personal.

Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I'm...

Posted by Mykki Blanco on Friday, June 12, 2015

Blanco, who is also a poet and performance artist, followed up by commenting on the post, writing, "no more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE."

The rapper, who is passionate about LGBT rights, was arrested in Portugal last year "for being gay," and spoke out about Russia's gay propaganda laws, according to Rolling Stone.

Blanco grew up in Harlem and in a 2013 cover story the Village Voice called the performer a "gender ninja."

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