TL;DR: Scroll to the bottom to see how you can help me.
Last year, I quit my 9-to-5 advertising job to put full-time effort into empowering the queer community in any way I could. This year, one of those small ways will be riding a 545-mile bike race to raise awareness and $$$ for the HIV/AIDS crisis.
100% of your tax-free $$$ will go to the San Francisco AIDS foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and sharing this page helps circulate awareness. If you donate, you'll get a personal thank you email from and a shout-out on my Twitter & Instagram along my journey.
P.S. Just to keep you up to speed on Trump's direct impact on HIV/AIDS:
The whitehouse.gov has erased LGBTQ people & HIV advocacy for queer people from its website in entirety.
There is no sitting HIV/AIDS council in the White House— all have been dismissed or quit within the past year.
This is because the President has “no strategy to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and — most concerning — pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”
Trump’s administrative stigmatization of HIV perpetuates country-wide stigma against people living with a positive status, despite that undetectable = untransmittable.
Trump's attack on the ACA will jeopardize the lives of 20 million living with HIV.
40% of folks living with HIV who are in care count on Medicaid for their health coverage, but the White House is proactively promoting work eligibility requirements and seeking to restrict access to medications so that treatment could be denied with greater frequently.
In a 2019 budget proposal, the Centers for Disease Control would see a $58 million cut for HIV prevention efforts globally.
$35 million less for domestic HIV/AIDS research.
$26 million from Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS in the U.S.
These housing opportunities typically go to folx who are most-infected by the virus — trans people, and people of color.
These budget cuts total $1 billion in cuts for global HIV/AIDS programs.
These cuts could kill as many as 300,000 in a single year.
By donating, you are helping fight against an administration that otherwise has zero support for its population effected by HIV/AIDS. Thank you for joining me on this journey.