Thanks for coming here and viewing this page. Unfortunately, this year's ride is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ironic that the ride born of one pandemic is getting clobbered by another.
Invoking the names again: Andrew; Bruce; Roger; Ingo Albrecht; Michael Alderson; Tom Baylor; Ed Brener; Ed Brenneman; Dr. Dane Burklund; E "Lew S" Carroll; Bob Coleman; Muriel Dixon; Jim Feldman; Oscar Figueroa-Guevarra; Ted Flath; Harold George; Nathan Henderson; John Hoover; Dr. Peter Jepson-Young; Vincent Johnson; Keith Jones; Marty Kahler; Bradley Kritsky; Michael London; Matthew Manalo; Jerry McWilliams; John Middlebrook; Rudy Neigel; David Nelson; Jim Pendleton; Greg Scanlon; Jim Seibel; Jim Stolicher, Ph.D; Danny Weaver; and Ralph Wyatt.
These names were given to me by past years' donors; a few I knew myself. They were people's friends, sons, daughters, colleagues, co-workers.
The three whose last names are missing were cut off from their families. It's hard to believe now, when a gay man married to another man has credibly run for president, that such things happened. But they did, and still do--three out of ten Americans still oppose same-sex marriage, about a quarter of all homeless youths have been kicked out of their parents' houses for being queer. As the mainstream has shifted toward tolerance, bigots have hardened their resistance.
HIV is no longer a death sentence--if you have health insurance, get diagnosed, get treated. But some don't have health insurance, don't get diagnosed or treated, and live in communities where having HIV makes you a pariah. So we still have closeted people who can't get an HIV test, much less meds, without getting outed and ostracized. A lot of them don't even know they're infected. It makes their lives a lot simpler, in the short run, to stay ignorant.
I repeat, we actually can have a world without HIV--vaccine or no vaccine;. It's not all that contagious. You don't even have to stay six feet away, just take your meds and wear a condom. If we can get that message through to enough people, HIV is history.
And that's what the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBTQ Center need our help with. So don't hold that donation for next year; send it now.