Dale Pierce is a local HIV advocate and President/CEO of Different Roads Home, a new organization created to assist people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. A native of Falconer, N.Y., he has worn many professional hats over the years, working in a diversity of fields that includes retail management, acting, directing and a cleaning business.

Since settling in Charlotte, Dale has made his greatest mark to date as practice manager at Rosedale Infectious Diseases. His work there earned him the 2012 Athena Health Vision Award. He says his struggles and accomplishments have culminated in the creation of Different Roads Home.

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Who’s more likely on the downlow: Foghorn Leghorn, Papa Smurf or Pepé Le Pew?

Although I think there was some unspoken chemistry between Neil Patrick Harris and Papa in the recent Smurf movie, I would have to say Foghorn Leghorn did throw out the word “chicken hawk” a lot…

Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs or commando?

Personally or professionally…lol. I sleep in boxers, but for work or on the town I love American Eagle boxer-briefs!

What is your favorite food that you prepare in a microwave?

I am all about a microwave. My favorite microwave “experiment” is to explode Marshmallow Peeps, you can’t eat them, but it is entertaining to watch.

Do you consider yourself hot-natured or cold-natured?

Oddly enough, being from Western New York, very close to Lake Erie growing up, I am extremely hot-natured. We keep our thermostat on 67 even in the winter.

How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Liar Liar,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “There’s Something About Mary”?

First would be “Beverly Hills Cop,” then “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Liar Liar” and “There’s Something about Mary” the least.

Is there a ball for playing any type of sport in your home right now?

The only balls in the house (with the obvious exceptions) are used to play with our amazing dog Desi

Who, in their prime, was the sexiest teen heartthrob ever?

Hands down, Antonio Sabato Jr. for me! I am still addicted to General Hospital and have you seen this guy lately?

Have you ever shopped at a Piggly Wiggly?

I lived in Columbia, S.C., after college and there was one right around every corner. I still have the T-shirt.

Which would be longer: All the neckties you own laid end-to-end or the all the belts you own?

Definitely ties. I used to work, many moons ago, for a men’s clothing company that managed all the old J. Riggins stores. As employees we used to get ties for cheap — and I may have a little hoarding problem, so I haven’t gotten rid of them.

Have you ever read a Jackie Collins novel?

I have to admit I read “Hollywood Wives” by Jackie, but that was the only one. On the other hand, I also read “Prime Time” by Joan Collins. I love me some Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan. Too much?

Do you know how to play chinese checkers?

Absolutely not. I hardly can even play regular checkers.

What’s the last item made of leather you’ve bought?

Probably a belt, even though I have a very few number of them.

From which musical act do you own the most albums?

Without a doubt, my idol, my hero, Barbara Mandrell. I have two copies of every album she’s ever put out, one to listen to and one for posterity.

Do you personally know anyone who has performed in a gay porn film?

Without “outing” my friend, yes, I would say I do know someone.

What is your all-time favorite newspaper comic strip?

“Ziggy!” I even made my uncle name his beagle Ziggy growing up.

French toast, waffles or pancakes?

Stuffed french toast or peanut butter and banana pancakes.

Have you ever had any part of your body waxed?

Every two weeks the eyebrows get done.

Is the phrase “shut up and look pretty” apropos for anyone you know?

Probably too many people to list — and sometimes, I would have to include myself in that list. Thank goodness I can pull it off.

If you’re sitting on your couch relaxing, what beverage are you sipping on?

Either a Diet Pepsi or a very dirty martini.

Which pro athlete has an open invitation to sleep over anytime he wants?

Jake Delhomme! The dumbest move ever made by the Panthers was letting him go.

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