TRIBUTE TO STAR OF `REAL WORLD' BOOSTS HIV AWARENESS MESSAGE.
Byline: Amy Dawes Daily News Staff Writer
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Pedro Pablo Zamora (February 29, 1972 in Diezmero, San Miguel del Padrón, Havana, Cuba - November 11, 1994 in Miami, Florida USA) was an openly gay, Cuban-American HIV-positive AIDS educator who became famous for his activism, - one of Generation X's most visible and effective AIDS activists - lives on in a concert to be held Oct. 5 at the Great Western Forum to benefit Zamora's foundation, which is dedicated to educating America's youth about AIDS.
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Zamora, who was a cast member on MTV's ``The Real World'' and made hundreds of personal appearances around the country on behalf of HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome education, died of AIDS at age 22 on Nov. 11, 1994.
``Pedro's greatest gift was his ability to communicate to Generation X; to say, `My name is Pedro, I have AIDS, and it could happen to you,' '' said Brian Quintana, president of the Pedro Zamora Foundation. ``He personalized the disease for the many who got to know him through MTV MTV
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Quintana said the concert will be ``a vehicle for raising awareness'' as well as a fund-raiser. He estimates that 12,000 to 15,000 people will attend, including ``Real World'' cast members past and present and many young actors and musicians.
A video tribute to Zamora, described by Quintana as ``a call to arms,'' will be part of the program, as will a videotaped message from President Clinton and a public appearance by boxer Tommy Morrison, who has recently disclosed his diagnosis with HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. .
The concert will be simulcast nationally on more than 200 radio stations, including KROQ-FM (106.7).
Photo: Pedro Zamora
Died of AIDS at 22