Sunday, May 10, 2009

What It's All About

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing
To it

There has been some talk about the continued use of the acronym AIDS as something that places too much emphasis on the victimization of the past. The truth is that PWLA have taken matters into their own hands from the get go. The truth is that HIV/AIDS continues to be a universal problem. This is not the time to forget what it can do and how many people are still becoming positive on a daily basis.

There is more than a little pride in being part of the generation that was most impacted by the disease and by that same token the generation that fought against the stigma of victimization. It may very well be the first time that the afflicted were not about to go away quietly. They were not about to be ignored and/or cast into hell fire.

We all have to live as if we were HIV positive
Better a red badge of courage than a scarlet letter.
Fund raising puts us right in the thick of things.
It somehow makes us part of the solution.
This is the moment.
This is when and where we can make ourselves heard,
when we can love out loud.
It’s about celebrating life.
It’s about being who we are and overcoming untimely death.

The AIDS Walk is here every year to remind us never to go back to a time when people die needlessly. It is also the opportunity to thank thos who step up immediately to help out in various and sundry ways: Ilene Kristen, Thorsten Kaye, Christopher Meloni, Richie Herschenfeld, Ian Duke, Diane Nilsen, Charlotte Walton, Kay Gordon, folks who do so above and beyond the call of duty. They remember history and are not about to let it repeat itself. Come to our event and be part of it.

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