From May 31st to June 6th, 2020, thousands of cyclists will be participating inAIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile week-long 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.
Three notes on why I'm riding:
First, I dedicate this ride to my uncle Mark, who has been living with HIV since 1990 and has devoted the last three-plus decades of his life to AIDS activism in New York city and beyond,from ACT UP in the 80s through continuing work with TAG today. Growing up,it's been a precious gift to get closer with him and come into more awareness of the history of he’s lived. This ride is one invitation for me not to take itfor granted that I have Mark in my life. Mark, I love you!
Second, I care deeply about the mission of this event: raising funds to support HIV/AIDS-related services and prevention programs, increasing knowledge and awareness about AIDS, sparking advocacy and activism around the epidemic, and promoting understanding and compassion for HIV-affected communities. I'm fortunate at the moment, for example, to have my PrEP medication mostly covered by insurance from my job. But for too many people who need it, PrEP is too expensive and inaccessible. The SF AIDS Foundation and LA LGBT Center are working every day to change that. For more, see: https://www.aidslifecycle.org/why-we-ride/the-beneficiaries/
Third, I celebrate my queerness and some milestones I've passed recently: telling my parents the year before last, and moving last year to an amazing queer household I'm very lucky to presently live in. One way I see "coming out" is as a continuous, lifelong unfolding, and I'm excited for another step of this process to reveal itself through the community I'll encounter around this year's LifeCycle.
Will you support me by making a donation today?
$30 covers the treatment medication for one client diagnosed with an STI
$100 provides comprehensive HIV/STI testing to one client
$250 supports one overdose prevention training
$500 sponsors one night of social programming for long-term survivors of HIV
Any and all contributions make a difference! Thank you so much!