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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Social Inclusion at it's Best

Good morning riders!!! Good morning roadies!!!

I first got involved with AIDS Life Cycle in 2007, I had cycled similar events in that you register to participate as a cyclist or roadie or crew member to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS, more importantly for the millions, this year alone ALC 12 raised an amazing 14.2 million dollars, thanks to all who supported me this year with a donation and thanks to everyone who supported your friends and loved ones.   

This year we collectively set new records, and one that I noticed in camp each night were the stories shared about the services provided by both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.  Both provide services for folks living with HIV/AIDS, one in particular is mental health services at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

This year I was I was one of the stories shared under the big tent. Lorri L. Jean spoke about a participant (me) who is back for his forth ride and that I am dual diagnosed HIV+ as well as Bipolar and that this year I was awarded the the SAMHSA 2012-13 Voice Award Fellowship , thank you Lorri L. Jean again.  I caught up with Lorri Jean at the end of the ride and asked if there's anything I could add to my message and her reply, "you are doing it, that HIV+ individuals talk to their providers,"  if they are feeling depressed as possible this depression could be that of a chronic condition.  For more on the latest statistics around HIV and mental health please read my recent Op-Ed that was in POZ magazine titled Wearing Red & Green.

The title of this post is Social Inclusion at it's Best , if there was an award for social inclusion, AIDS life Cycle, would deserve five stars.  What the organizers of this event do each year, is pure magic and all I can say is you need to participate in order to experience it and come home with the feeling that I'm part of something that touched my life, something that you will cherish your entire life.  Here's a sampling:


If you are diagnosed HIV+ and wish to get involved as a cyclist please visit Positive Pedalers, today with over 1000+ and growing Pos Ped's continues it's mission, "Eliminating stigma through our positive public example”


For more information about all the services provided at both , please visit there websites"



For a comprehensive list of GLBT Centers that provide HIV services as well as GLBT affirmative mental health services, visit my www.bipolarbear.org, then visit my resources page.

AIDS Life Cycle in the Media:







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