Next June I’ll 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. I’ve already started training weekly for the ride. I consider it the most important goal I’ve set for myself this year. And I’m inspired by all of the riders that have come before me to fight the disease.
I’ll be riding in Memory of Jason Sweet, a friend we lost to AIDS in 2000. I met Jason in high school in 1986. He was exuberant, confident and stylish, and one of the very first gay people I’d ever known. He reminded me of a cross between Boy George and Madonna, and Jason could reenact the entire Janet Jackson Pleasure Principal video without missing a step. He was out and proud when it wasn’t popular or accepted. I thought he was so brave, and I looked up to him for being himself. What I remember most about Jason is how he made us all laugh and smile. I think of him often, and I wonder where he’d be today if he survived.
Last year we honored Jason’s life by having his name engraved at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco. This year I want to honor his life by cycling 545 miles from SF to LA, and by raising $25,000.
HIV/AIDS has not gone away. In 2017 38,500 people became infected with HIV in the United States. We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today and help fight the disease and honor those we've lost?