Orlando – Joee Pineda came out to his Honduran parents as a 16-year-old at Colonial High School. The parent/child struggle over his sexuality caused him to leave town after graduation for New York City.
A year later, Pineda came down with a “cold” he couldn’t shake. He moved back with his parents in Orlando. At 19, he was diagnosed with HIV and given 5 years to live. That was 1990.