Thank you for joining me in this cause!
On this years AIDS Lifecycle ride, I had an unforgettable experience. So unforgettable that I signed up for the 2020 ride. The reason I signed up again goes back to Day 1 of the ride. Before we even embarked on the 7 day journey. We were all standing in the Cow Palace when they announced how much money we had raised. $16.8 million dollars. 16.8 MILLION DOLLARS. I was floored. I felt so proud of us, yet I immediately felt a feeling of immense sadness wash over me. I felt sad that the state of the world requires us to work so damn hard to fight for change. I felt so ignored as a community and that our government doesn’t care and does not want to help us. However, I know that the people of this country DO want to help. That’s why I am counting on you all to continue supporting this community with me again this year. I’m so grateful for everyone that has supported me and this cause, and am hoping for your continued support in 2020
My 2019 Page
There are many reasons why I am participating in the Lifecycle Ride this year, but the main reason is the goal that I have adopted in recent years: to make the world a better place for the next generation. The tattoo on my forearm symbolizes this very idea and is a daily reminder to keep fighting for a better future. It’s not lost on me what older generations of queer people have gone through and fought for. The privileged life that I live today as an openly queer man is a direct result of their suffering and fighting. So many lives have been lost by people celebrating the validity of queer sex, lives, and culture. They refused to back down in the face of fear, violence, and death and I believe it is our duty to carry on the fight in their honor.
To me, the ride is a symbol of carrying on the fight. Those of you that are familiar with CrossFit understand the idea of dedicating pain and suffering to those that have given their lives for us, via “Hero Workouts.” The weeklong ride is a dedication of pain and suffering to those that have lost their lives at the hands of AIDS but it is also a chance for people to come together and dedicate a week of our lives (and many more training days prior!) to the memory of those that passed and to bring hope for the next generation.
If the ride is the symbol of carrying on the fight, then that makes fundraising the actual battle. Did you know that with today’s medical advancements, the contraction/transmittal of HIV can be completely controlled and prevented? In today’s world, contracting/transmitting HIV is purely a function of education and privilege. Not being informed or lacking access to the proper medications means higher risk of contracting/transmitting. But being educated and having access to the proper medications almost completely eliminates the possibility of contracting the virus with a success rate higher than condoms! (I’d love to discuss this further with anyone who’s willing to ask, don’t be shy.) That’s why fundraising for this cause is so important. It’s one of the rare problems in this world that actually can be fixed with money. This is why I am graciously asking you to join me on this fight to diminish the impact of HIV/AIDS in the world by donating to this cause. I’m happily accepting donations of any size and encourage you to really think large about the impact that this donation can have on the current and future generations.
My father always told me that he worked hard and sacrificed so that his children could have a better life than he did, and that is why I am riding this year: to give the next generation a better life than I have. Thank you so much for your support!
June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
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?