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Vogueing for Change

August 30, 2012

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If you don't know who Shaun Sperling is, or in the very least know who the "bar mitzvah vogue guy" is, you may be living in a cave. (Or it's also possible you don't constantly troll the Internet for viral videos.)

At any rate, Shaun Sperling is a Chicago attorney who found sudden and instant fame recently after he uploaded a home video of his 13-year-old self dancing to Madonna's hit song "Vogue" at his bar mitzvah. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then click here and see for yourself before reading any further.

The video went viral almost instantly -- ABC News, Perez Hilton, Gawker, Huffington Post and so on and so on. Sperling was interviewed on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! a couple of weeks ago. Next up will be the Ellen DeGeneres Show, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 10.

Where will this all lead? That's hard to say. But Sperling hopes to use his celebrity to make a difference and to speak out on homophobia and HIV stigma. A former AFC Junior Board member, as well as a longtime participant of the TEAM TO END AIDS, Sperling has deep roots in HIV advocacy.

He recently took some time to share his thoughts on his sudden fame and what he hopes to accomplish. Check out the short video above from that interview.

Thanks, Shaun!

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