So a little about me and why I am doing this 545 mile bike ride. I was born and raise in good old Houston, Texas. Not a small city at all. When I found out I had HIV I wasn’t really shocked. I had been using drugs and during that time, no one really asked anyone’s status. I didn’t tell my mom at first, eventually she pressured me into telling her. “You’ve disgraced my life, you’ve disgraced your own life.” That’s what she said to her son. Things only got worse for me. I was to eat and drink from different plates. If I opened a water bottle, it was separated into a space it n the kitchen where only I was to drink from then and finished them. I would also clean the showers after I used it. I felt so uncomfortable and filthy in my own home.
The stigma, fear and misunderstanding around HIV/Aids is a huge problem, even today. Regardless of how a person contracts HIV, it is a disease. And no person should be made to feel ashamed, unlovable or disgraced. Education, visibility and compassion are necessary to change this skewed perception. The Stigma around HIV took away so much from me. Today I’m doing this ridiculous de to take that back. Take my self worth, dignity, and happiness back. And to hopefully one day end the Stigma and shame surrounding this disease.
Fom May 31st to June 6th, 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?