Sometimes national LGBT organizations are criticized for not doing enough about HIV/AIDS. The truth is that there is far too much work to be done by any one organization. HIV/AIDS treatment has advanced greatly over the years, but without the continued work of local organizations to prevent new infections and to provide critical services to those with HIV/AIDS we can't win this fight.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the Director of Operations for PFLAG National. I’m the techie on the leadership team there, wielding spreadsheets and routers to do my part to move equality forward, but I'm also a passionate cyclist in (nearly all) of my spare time.
As a PFLAGer and a cyclist, I'm pleased to announce that this year, I will be riding in the AIDS/LifeCycle as the official representative of PFLAG National, proudly wearing the heart and triangle for 545 miles in June to support the amazing prevention and education work done by the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
The center is one of many amazing local organizations working to fight HIV/AIDS and each year, they host the AIDS Life/Cycle education, awareness and fundraising bike ride. The ride is seven days long and goes 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the coast of California.
Jody Huckaby, my boss and PFLAG National's executive director, understands the power of the local organzations as both the former executive director of New Mexico AIDS Services and former member of the board of directors of AIDS Action here in DC. Jody has already personally shown his support for Team PFLAG, and I hope each of you can contribute to PFLAG National's effort to support the LA Gay and Lesbian Center through AIDS Life/Cycle!
I need to raise at least $3,000 to represent PFLAG, so that's where I need your help. You can donate to Team PFLAG online through the AIDS/LifeCycle page here and you can also follow my training progress on twitter.
I'd also love to hear from any PFLAG members and supporters, who are participating in the ride. Leave a comment if you'll be there in June!
P.S. Don't forget, I can’t make it from San Francisco to Los Angeles without your support! Donations to support the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center can be made through the ALC website at www.tofighthiv.org/goto/david.manuel