Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 5th - June 11th, 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. I participated for the first time in 2016, after watching one of my oldest and best friends ride and roadie for several years. I will be returning this year to support this ride and help raise money for much-needed medical services in our community!
I’m again teaming up with the Pork Pedalers, and if you’ve seen my social media posts the first week of June, you already know we have a ton of fun. Last year I had the honor of riding shotgun with Doctor Who in the TARDIS… This year, I’m driving the School Bus with my Principal. Although there are fun times to be had, what we’re really out there for is to raise money; that is where you come in.
I am going to draw your attention to a few changes that the current administration has made:
The President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) has been disbanded. Since 1995, PACHA has provided recommendations on the U.S. government's response to the AIDS epidemic.
No director for the White House Office of National AIDS Policy has been appointed. In fact, information about the Office of National AIDS Policy was removed from the White House website the day President Trump took office.
A new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) directive allows healthcare workers to refuse to perform health-care services based on personal objections. This effectively eviscerates the very purpose of HHS to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services.
Constant attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are starting to take their toll and put millions at risk. Key pieces of healthcare legislation are gone, while 90 percent less was spent on advertising an enrollment period that was half as long.
The World AIDS Day proclamation removed references to gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, and black and Latino Americans. Huh?
In this current landscape, making progress in ending the epidemic looks tough. News came last week with the appointment of controversial HIV researcher Robert Redfield– who in the 1980s advocated for mandatory HIV testing in the military so those infected could be segregated, as the new head of the CDC. That’s why I'm asking you to keep progress moving and help those affected by HIV/AIDS by donating to AIDS/LifeCycle.
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?
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