Thursday, September 9, 2010

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Main Entry: mem·o·ra·ble
Pronunciation: \ˈmem-rə-bəl, ˈmə-mə-rə-, ˈme-mər-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin memorabilis, from memorare to remind, mention, from memor mindful
Date: 15th century
: worth remembering : notable

Go here for a donation to AIDS Walk Los Angeles.


One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last three years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.

Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:

Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Thank you for your help thoughout the years.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Giovanni and AIDS Walk

Next Week I will be participating in the United States Conference on AIDS in Orlando, FL. My participation there focuses on reaching out to HIV/AIDS activists and finding out what is going on throughout the network in gathering data, education and treatment. It has been a gratifying and illuminating experience in the past and I expect nothing less this time around.

I am here because I dodged a bullet that a majority of my gay male contemporaries, some of whom I loved much. It is why I walk and why I continue to promote events and fundraisers. Why I continue to pester. It is my part in the ongoing drama of a devastation that should have never happened.

A colleague from POZ pointed out this short story from the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times where there are often soap opera-unrequited love type stories. He was “struck by this particular article, for reasons that are abundantly clear. Quite moving without being schmaltzy.”

It gives a human perspective on what can be so easily and summarily dismissed.

Love Out Loud West takes place on October 14, 2010 at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood. It is a launch party and my team’s fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. There will be celebrities in attendance to meet and greet fans. $25.00 is the suggested donation. If you care to pay in advance, you can do so via PayPal. (

If you simply want to make a direct donation to the team’s efforts here’s how.

Visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles

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Did you know...
- Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV?
- Half of those infected with HIV are under the age of 24?
- 25% of those infected with HIV do not know it?

Even though there has been a lot of publicity about drug treatments which are prolonging some people's lives, they don't work for everyone and there is still no cure in sight. Moreover, young people are still getting infected at alarmingly high rates.

Giovanni Vitacolonna

This means a lot to me.