Thank you for joining me in this cause!
This June, I will be biking 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS-related services, in an event called AIDS/LifeCycle. I've decided to do this ride again because this particular disease directly and disproportionately affects my community - the LGBT community.
Since I came out at the age of 21, I have had a tough journey learning self-acceptance. This was in part due to internal shame, but it also stemmed from societal discomfort and judgement. This is part
of the reason I moved from the mid-west to the lovely city of San Diego - to feel more at ease and accepted. But the more people I've met, and the more involved in the community I have become, I realize that even in this amazing city there is still a huge amount of stigma - even WITHIN the gay community - toward people with HIV/AIDS. It hurts my heart to think that after all we have fought for, that this stigma is still alive and strong, and therefore people are not taking the precautions or getting the treatment that they need to battle this disease.
Throughout California and the United States, this stigma is affecting people in a big way. Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. In the seven days it takes AIDS/LifeCycle to reach Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people in the United States will become infected with HIV.
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
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