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Poetry Reading: CANAPI World AIDS Day Commemoration

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

I have recently been told by several people that I am an inspiration to so many. At first, I did not believe that could hardly be possible. However, I have been thinking about it a whole lot lately, and I am embracing it as being true and as a remarkable accomplishment in such a short period of time. I do not want to just be an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community but, as Marilyn reminded me after my recent television interview, I am also a role model to the cisgender community as well. However, there is still much more work to be done.

That is why I am honored and humbled to be asked to share some of my poetry as part of the CANAPI World AIDS Day Commemoration to be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Square Nightclub in Highland Square, 820 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44303.

Please join us at this important event.

Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, poet, writer, speaker, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and originally from West Virginia. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and the Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Books 2020. It is available at Follow her at

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