1. THurts says

    I am so sad to hear about Sean’s passing. He was such a role model to me as a black gay man living out and proud when I was a young man still struggling. I pray for his partner, Michael and his family and friends. Rest in peace sweet angel!

  2. JMC says

    Oh my god :( this is absolutely heartbreaking. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched RW:SF.

  3. says

    For those of you out there who do not know Pedro’s story “get thee to YouTube” and anywhere else you can do the research. His story is amazing and he and Sean were years ahead of their time. Two very fascinating, pivotal and important people in the fight to better their lives and all our lives.

    There is even a movie based on Pedro’s life but the clips and documentation on line tells so much of his brave and extraordinary life that Sean was definitely a major player.

    Condolences to Sean’s friends and family.
    Long live their courageous story.

  4. spg says

    I watched Sean and Pedro via reruns for the first time in the late 90’s and they made a huge positive impact on my interpersonal life and how I saw myself as a gay man. They were the first portrayal I had seen of gay men and the first positive wholesome portrayal I had seen of gay men in a relationship. I think it helped moved me to a place of acceptance and self love I would not have otherwise had. Even to this day thinking about that show makes me emotional. I would like to think that they are now reunited and having the time of their lives in the hereafter.

  5. Rick says

    But wait….being HIV+ isn’t a death sentence, it’s a manageable disease, like diabetes. Portraying people LIVING with HIV as dead is irresponsible and hurtful. The media should only be showing them full of life and working out and rock climbing.

  6. Sam says

    Rick — I don’t understand your point. I mean, I can sense the sarcasm, but not sure what you’re getting at. Are you saying that the media only tends to portray people who are living with AIDS in a healthy manner, or ignore the fact that they sometimes die?Are you making some sort of commentary on the marketing of HIV drugs? Please, elaborate.

  7. anon says

    There certainly were out gay couples before Pedro and Sean, though few were on TV. Mesothelioma is extremely rare, mostly associated with asbestos, silicosis and black lung disease after long exposures. However, rare doesn’t mean never.

  8. jakeinlove says

    Pedro and Sean gave a guy like me living in Colorado Springs during the Amendment 2 period a sense of hope. They made a brave and huge impact and I think the only time MTV ever made an important social impact with and beyond their viewers.


  9. says

    In fact, HIV is a manageable disease compared to when Pedro’s season of the Real World aired. If it wasn’t Sean wouldn’t have lived 20 years beyond the show. That doesn’t mean no one dies of AIDS or complications of HIV, just as many people die from complications of diabetes. Drug ads aren’t life. Manageable diseases aren’t easy diseases.

    The Real World (then) had a real impact on how people saw AIDS, gay relationships, and gay men. Pedro and Sean’s story touched many. Can’t say that about most “reality” programming now. RIP.

  10. Jason B.p says

    I think what Rick above so poorly stated is that the Media, in its desire to show everything Gay in a good light, has done a very big dis-service to the current generation of gay men. The media does not show the difficulties and the very real possibility of an early death that living with HIV brings. The movies like Philadelphia and the Band Played On certainly had an impact on the safe sex practices of gay men of that time. Even though HIV positive patients don’t die as quickly as then, some attention should be brought to the numbers of People who are still dying from AIDS.

    A little fear is a good thing.

  11. Bob R says

    I remember Pedro, fondly. It broke my heart when he died. He was so selfless as an HIV+ man and educator. Strange, it was just a day or so ago that Pedro entered my mind, and I remembered his evil antagonist, the pig called Puck.

    Honestly, I really don’t remember Sean all that much, perhaps because he lived a very private life. I feel sad for his partner and family, 44 is just so young to die. RIP, Sean. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

  12. bravo says

    Their love changed how I viewed my own prospects for loving someone. And the warmth between them and most of the housemates showed me that the world could change as well. May Sean rest in peace. May Pedro rest in peace.

  13. Patrick says

    It’s odd we know Michael and Sean from when Michael was the Director of Cascades Aids Project in Portland, but we never realized that Sean was THAT Sean. Our hearts go out to Michael at this time.

  14. AZXPAT says

    The only season of that show that had any revelence to any lives, irrespective of sexuality. R.I.P. Sean and Pedro.

  15. Doug says

    This was back when The Real World was actually about real people with real lives, not just a bunch of drunk people on a vacation. Rest in peace, Sean. You were a true trailblazer.

  16. Jeremy says

    I was raised with them, their relationship, their love and their strength. May they both rest in peace!