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    Leave It To Lil Nas X To Use His Amazing Platform To Spread Awareness About HIV During His VMAs Performance

    He’s using his platform for so much more than music. ❤️

    On Sunday night, the 2021 VMAs went down as one of the best in history.

    Lil Nas X on the red carpet in a suit-dress hybrid outfit and a shoulder-length wig
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    Lil Nas X's performance, on top of being an incredible musical showcase, also paid tribute to people living with HIV.

    Lil Nas X posing with his award in a matching leather jacket and pants set
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    The rapper performed his hit songs "Montero" and "Industry Baby" and was joined by Mardrequs Harris, who is the Southern AIDS Coalition’s director of community investments.

    my jaw? on the FLOOR. @LilNasX just KILLED it with @JackHarlow 🔥 #VMAs

    Twitter: @vmas

    Mardrequs wore the number 433,816 in red on his wardrobe. According to GLAAD, it represents "the universal color of awareness and support for HIV, and the number of people living with HIV in the US South as of 2015."

    .@LilNasX delivered a powerful performance at the #VMAs and shined a spotlight on the stigma that fuels HIV, especially across the South. Mardrequs Harris from @SouthernAIDSCo wore the number 433,816 in red, representing the the number of people living with HIV in the U.S. South

    Twitter: @glaad

    “This experience was surreal! Having the opportunity to share the stage with Lil Nas X was something I never would have imagined," Mardrequs shared. "And to have him use his platform to raise awareness about HIV stigma is invaluable to our work.”

    Lil Nas X onstage with arm raised and surrounded by his backup dancers
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    The performance came after rapper DaBaby was recently called out for spreading misinformation about people living with HIV/AIDS.

    DaBaby backstage at an event
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    It's a controversy Lil Nas X has refused to speak out about due to the homophobia still happening in the rap community.

    "The honest truth is, I don’t want to speak on a lot of the homophobia within rap because I feel like this is a very dangerous playing field," he shared. "It’s more for my own safety rather than anything else."

    You can't stop him from speaking his truth, however, which I'm sure there will be plenty more of when the Montero album drops Sept. 17.

    Lil Nas X posing in a voluminous printed gown at the BET Awards
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