Best known for his on-camera ABC7 coverage of Hollywood events like the Academy Awards and the Vanity Fair Oscars party, Schmid said media industry professionals had for years warned him to keep quiet about his HIV status.
“I know who I am, I know what I stand for and while in the past I may not have always had clarity, I do now,” the Australian-born reporter wrote in the post, which featured a photo of him wearing an AIDS Memorial T-shirt. “Love me or hate me, that’s up to you.”
“For anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters,” he continued. “Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.”
As of Sunday afternoon, Schmid’s Facebook post had been shared over 250 times and received more than 3,500 likes.
“God bless you. Don’t think that you are alone. Hold your head high and keep smiling and doing a great job,” one person wrote. Another commenter added, “As long as you are all about the truth, that’s all that matters. I wish you a long and very happy life.”
The 37-year-old thanked viewers for their support on Twitter Saturday.