AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS

Matthew is a member of the 10K Club! Please give generously!

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A journey has begun. Matthew Mullins is going to hop on a bike and ride 545 miles to help end AIDS!

Matthew Mullins wants you to donate to a great cause!
Matthew Mullins wants you to donate to a great cause!

Donate to support Matthew! Join Matthew's Team!
Payasos LA
We're on our way
37 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $3,657.03
Thanks to my generous sponsors

You have to give back to the world, even when it hurts you. 

 Through my entire time here in Los Angeles, I have met many wonderful people. Many of those people have or are still struggling with addiction, disease, and even homelessness.  I have experienced every side of those things.  

 I can honestly say that all of those people, benefited from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, including myself.  I volunteer as much as I can for LAGLC, because they make such a difference. They impact all of us, and save lives. 

  This is why I am doing AIDS Lifecycle.

  Helping my community has become my life. I want to help as much as I can. If I can't write about it, photograph it, or brighten it up, I'm not doing my job.

 I have an event I helped create to raise money for AIDS lifecycle Feb 8 at the Bullet Bar. I am hoping to raise 10,000 for the fund.

 

 

I'm Riding with the Payasos to End AIDS. We can make a difference.

 Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

Have a great afternoon.

 

 

BIO:

 

Matthew Mullins has worked at LA Weekly, Wehoville, KTLA, and was the editor of The Los Angeles Collegian, the student voice newspaper of Los Angeles City College. For two years, he was a board member with the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. 

 

After many successful years as an artist, writer and musician,

he has taken great strides as a student leader at Los Angeles City College, and is working towards a degree in Media Arts at L.A. City College through 2014.

 

He has won awards from, the Los Angeles Press Club, Associate Collegiate Press, California College Media Awards, & Journalism Association of Community Colleges.

 

He manages several social media accounts, doing admin work for the Collegian, Leatheretti, NLGJA, and has experience in social media strategy. 

 

He also is active in the leather community, part of the Payasos/Cycling Team,  and recently won the title of Mr. Bullet Leather 2014 in February.

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Sniff Fundraiser at the Bullet Bar Raised $780!!!!
The fundraiser at the Bullet Bar, Sniff, was off the hook! The Bullet Bar is my favorite bar! All who came out were friendly, hot, and amazingly warm. Prizes were given out to everyone who participated! Everyone got lube! And best of all.... We raised $780 dollars for AIDS Lifecycle!!! Thank you to all who participated! This put me up to $2,230 total amount raised!!

by Matthew Mullins on Sun, Feb 09, 2014 @ 8:46 PM

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Don't miss SNIFF! An AIDS Lifecycle Fundraiser/Event For Matthew Mullins
Come out and have a SNIFF, and support our brother Matthew for his ride in AIDS Lifecycle at \ Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on 02/08/2014 from 9:00pm until 2:00am.
The night will include boys in jocks, games & prizes, jello shots, and much more. Make sure to wear your dirtiest jock to the event! It's going to be a night to remember!
Support Matthew Mullins in his AIDS Lifecycle ride, a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. All proceeds will go to Matthew and his ride!
RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/602559886466602/

by Matthew Mullins on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:35 AM

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On the eve before Christmas Eve
I wanted to first I thank every single friend for being so awesome. I really really need people my life like you, and if I didn't liek you, you wouldn't be a part of my life. In 2013, many things in my life have changed, my mind, my heart and my body. And I change these parts of myself, because I love myself more than I ever have, and I love who I'm starting to become. I also know that I could never have done it without the help and support of all of you. I also know that those of you who really really love me, will love me regardless of any side of me that you dislike or like.
People have asked what I want as a present for the holidays. I want you to do something for yourself. So something to make yourself feel better about your life, your heart, your body or mind. The more that you improve yourself, the stronger you will be to help lift others in need up. This is why I am doing AIDS Lifecycle. This is why I improved my body. This is why I write as a journalist. It is my goal to lift anyone and everyone up. Helping my community has become my life. I want to help as much as I can. If I can't write about it, photograph it, or brighten it up, I'm not doing my job. So try and inspire change. That's the best present you could ever give anyone.
<3
Matthew

by Matthew Mullins on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 1:59 PM

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Three MP3 Albums for a donation! (valid through Sunday, Dec 15, 2013)
For those of you who like my music, donate $20 and up the next three days, and I'll send you a link to download three albums I have written. "Dark Messages (2004)" "Digital Man Servant (2013)" and "B-sides, Remixes, & Demos" DONATE TODAY!

by Matthew Mullins on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

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CNN chronicles my weight loss since 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Matthew Mullins had an "aha" moment when doctors put him on blood pressure medication
Mullins has lost more than 40 pounds and is still losing
He says he's noticed a huge difference in how guys approach him now
Mullins is gay; studies show gay men struggle more with body image than straight men

http://us.cnn.com/2013/12/02/health/weight-loss-matthew-mullins/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

by Matthew Mullins on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 6:43 AM

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The Holidays. A Time for Giving A Life Worth Living.
Hey everyone, I know that I have to go ahead and accept the fact that it is the holidays. I mean, we all get to hear those same ol' silly jingles right about now, and CVS has had their X-Mas stuff out since Nov. 1, but the holidays are always said to be about giving.
I am not always the most happy guy around the holidays. I find that people can sometimes be a bit much, people are running about with their blinders on while everyone is forced to grimace a smile (if they can manage) as they get bumped into, knocked around, and there's only so much 'HAPPY!HAPPY!' you can handle. Yes, it's true. Going out and buying me a gift is really sweet, but I am not materialistic. I appreciate the thought more than anything.
There is something I would appreciate a lot more.
Donate to my fundraising goal instead. I have everything I need, because I have you in my life. There are many others out there, who are nowhere near as lucky as I am. There are people out there who need more than Starbucks or iTunes gift card.
If you decide to donate, your money will go somewhere beyond Starbucks, and Apple.
THE L.A. GAY & LESBIAN CENTER is the world's largest organization dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and has been working to build the health, advocate for the rights and enrich the lives of LGBT people for more than 40 years.
The services and programs that your money will go to include: low-cost LGBT and HIV/AIDS specialty health care; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth;support services for LGBT seniors; low-cost counseling and addiction recovery services;legal services; health education and HIV-prevention programs; transgender services and medical care; mentoring for LGBT youth; cultural arts etc.
This is where you can make a huge difference in the lives of people who really need the help. My goal is to raise $1,500 by Dec. 31. Then I will keep raising as much as I can until we ride out!!
Forget the gifts. This is a real chance for us to help people, and truly experience the pride we can have in ourselves and our community!

by Matthew Mullins on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

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DAY ONE: Thanksgiving
Today, I give thanks for my friends who are living life to the fullest, and pay homage to the ones who have fallen from HIV/AIDS. In support of the mission to fight and put an end to AIDS, I made a very big decision this morning.
From June 1-7, 2014, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle with my team, The Payasos. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. My team plans to raise $50,000, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to donate whatever you can to help make a difference in our community.
On this day of friends and family, I do not celebrate Christopher Columbus and his conquest of annihilating the natives in America. Instead I celebrate my friends and family, all of you so dear to me.
After his first voyage, Columbus was appointed Viceroy and Governor of the Indies, which gave him power he ruled those territories from 1494 to 1500. He created work camps (where Indians were worked to death in as ghastly a manner as anyone in 20th century), led the troops, established slavery &amp; mines.
Christopher Columbus used disease, firearms, and power to try and decimate the Native Americans and Spaniards.
Bartlome de Las Casas said,
'There were 60,000 people living on this island [in 1508], including both Spaniards &amp; Indians. So that between 1494 and 1508 more than three million people died from war, slavery and the mines.'
Even if his figures were exaggerated, either 3 million as he says, a million, as some historians calculate, or some think it was 8 million, it was Columbus,who was responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people, in 6 years.
521 years later, we have other problems.
According to http://AIDS.gov,
'More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM),1 particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV. By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
An estimated 15,529 people with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2010, and approximately 636,000 people in the United States with an AIDS diagnosis have died since the epidemic began.3 The deaths of persons with an AIDS diagnosis can be due to any cause--that is, the death may or may not be related to AIDS.'
AIDS and Christopher Columbus have a lot in common, but AIDS hasn't been stopped and has no 'estimated death date.'
Ending the reign of this virus is part of my mission in life.
I am HIV negative, and I will stay that way, but I have held more than a few hands of friends as they died from Aids related illnesses. I don't want to lose anymore. Lets stop this TOGETHER. Please donate to me today, I will be eternally grateful, and you will help my friends, my family, our community, and me.
HIV Incidence (new infections): The estimated incidence of HIV has remained stable overall in recent years, at about 50,000 new HIV infections per year. Within the overall estimates, however, some groups are affected more than others. MSM continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV infection, and among races/ethnicities, African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected.
HIV Diagnoses (new diagnoses, regardless of when infection occurred): In 2011, an estimated 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. In that same year, an estimated 32,052 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Since the epidemic began, an estimated 1,155,792 people in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS.3
CDC estimates that 1,148,200 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 207,600 (18.1%) who are unaware of their infection.1 Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level-- particularly among certain groups.

by Matthew Mullins on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

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