This year looks different in a lot of ways. To start, we're in a global pandemic. EEK. We're in a racial justice revolution. A health justice fight. The world is burning out of control in some places, and actively melting in others. In my personal life, things have taken a very different turn- my brother developed skin cancer that settled into his brain. I moved home and have been living with my grandmother, whom I adore, but in a place that is far from my choosen community. My work went remote, which allowed me to move home, but also meant cancelling one of the most beautiful events that brings so much joy to people's lives. Not only did AIDS/LifeCycle bring joy, but it also brought in millions of dollars to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. That money provides for thousands of people to get the care that they need (and deserve) to survive and thrive. HIV/AIDS is still a pandemic, and I am committed to fighting it until we no longer have to. The COVID-19 epidemic has brought to light even more disparaties in our world, especially in affordable healthcare. Something must change.
AIDS/LifeCycle also needed to change for this season, in order to keep showing up for our community and ensuring that the Center and Foundation are funded to keep bravely providing frontline services. That's why we have TogetheRide. We're collectively riding 1.2 million miles for the 1.2 million people in the US living with HIV. We're biking, running, walking- all from wherever we are on this planet. I am personally committed to moving my body for 500 miles before June 30th, 2021.
With my mileage goal, I've also set a fundraising goal. Someday, we won't have to fundraise for people to be able to receive the healthcare and services they deserve, but UNTIL THEN, I will keep fighting and showing up and supporting.
I need your help in this mission. Let's end HIV. Let's carry on in the good fight, even when we are tired and worn. Let's be difference makers and bring light to a year that has been so dark. Please, if you are able, donate to the life saving work of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation through my TogetheRide campaign. Your support means the world to me, and gives us all hope for a future that is bright, and free of HIV!