As you all well know darlings, philanthropy is a little hobby of mine. I’m a lot like a Bravo TV Real Housewife in this regard. So. when I can, I jump on board with a cause that’s near and dear to my heart.
If you live under a stone, you may not realize that 1) HIV and AIDS are still very much real and deadly diseases 2) California, a leader in research in the fight against HIV/AIDS is nearly bankrupt. In financial crisis, state budgets for social programs like HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment, and prevention are the first to get slashed.
Well, it has recently come to my attention that a dear friend of mine, Editor in Chief for shewired.com (The Gay Guru’s source for all things Lez) and Connecticut Ex-pat Tracy Gilchrist, is riding in the 10th anniversary AIDS LifeCycle: Ride to end AIDS.
The AIDS LifeCycle is a 7 day, 545 mile bicycle journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles which sets off on June 5, which is also the 30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS…or something like that. The ride serves to raise awareness and of course raise money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, both of which work to provide support and improve the lives of those living with HIV and AIDS.
Darlings, I urge you to join the Gay Guru in making a donation to AIDS LifeCycle and supporting the important work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. These centers are leaders in HIV and AIDS care and serve as models for similar programs all around the world including right here in the Nutmeg State.
To donate to Tracy or her team, Racks and Rims, simply click this conveniently embedded hyperlink. You can also check out Tracy’s story, including a bad-ass picture of her and snippets from her 2008 AIDS LifeCycle ride here.
Join me on June 5 sending thoughts of safety and wishes of strength to all the LifeCycle riders and remember kids, the Tour de France can tour my pants, AIDS LifeCycle is a bike ride that matters!