Lee Thompson a.k.a. Uncle Poodle, as Honey Boo Boo calls him, has revealed that he is HIV-positive, says Perez Hilton.
According to Perez, Poodle refers to himself as a “queer redneck,” a term affectionately received by gay advocates.
Poodle described how he got the news.
It was his boyfriend that infected him. Here’s what he has to say about it:
I later learned he had been HIV positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do.
Apparently, Poodle’s ex is currently serving five years in the state prison for an unnamed crime.
He remains positive and wants to help the youth coming to terms with who they are in the LGBT community:
My advice is to seek out their parents or an adult they trust. I would not advise them to go public or share the information with their schools until they feel safe and comfortable. They will know when the time is right. I want to have my own television show and highlight what it is like being gay in the south. I think I have a good story to tell.
My usual disclaimer, I have never watched the Honey Boo Boo program.