Once again this year, I am participating in the AIDS Lifecycle's efforts to end HIV/AIDS.
Unfortunately, the ride itself cannot take place due to COVID19. It was scheduled for May 31 - June 6 2020, when about 2000 cyclists would have ridden from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
But this doesn't mean my efforts to support the critical services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center have stopped. In fact, now more than ever, I am committed to supporting the ongoing work of these two incredible organizations.
As you know, people with HIV who are immuno-supressed are at great risk for serious illness and death if they are exposed to Coronavirus.
So the LA LGBT Center and the SF AIDS Foundation are doubling down on services to their vulnerable populations.
Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. Last year we raised over $16 million! ALC will keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past. Donations are tax deductable and will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center's AIDS services.
That's the policy stuff, but this is also personal. Howard died first. Then Herb. Howard's partner Edward died later. I had become Edward's roommate so my rent would help him maintain the home he and Howard shared. Wow, then so many more. Vincent and Jeffrey were both former boyfriends when they died. Then, even more recently with great new drugs and technology, Gregory died of kidney failure because the early drugs damaged his kidneys. He and I dated in college and both ended up in San Francisco so many years later. Studies also show that even people with HIV who are on modern treatments age much more quickly than others.
Here are the friends and lovers whose loss has saddened me greatly. I have some of these names tattooed on my leg.
Vincent Boulanger (artist); Jeffrey Baker (waiter); Howard Wechsler (college professor); Edward Winslow (furniture restorer); Gregory Newell (architect); Herb Seto; Michael (nurse); Robert S.; Michael Conway (artist); Brian Philpot (actor and high school friend); Bruce Lawton (high school friend); Thom B.; John Preston (writer); Michael M.; Tom D. (nonprofit admin.); Geof English (arts administrator); Scott G. (bartender); Jim Griggs (artists agent); Michael H. (nurse); Gene Hilton; Thom Gravline; Richard Hornung (costume designer); Scott M.; David Robinson (costume designer); Bob R.; Dennis S. (choreographer); Jim F. (nonprofit executive); Scott Ford (gardener);
Take a look at photos from past rides at: https://animoto.com/play/nzcU73Se015qiscPz7Ua2A
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding and fundraising until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.