July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010
San Francisco AIDS Walk

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and it is also the San Francisco AIDS Walk. I hope your weekend is off to a safe and great start like ours is.

Now it is an honor and pleasure for Dab the AIDS bear to be back in San Francisco. This city means so much to both of us. I moved here shortly after high school because this is where my first boyfriend lived. When I first moved to San Francisco, it was the first time I felt normal and around other guys like me.

See I was raised in a small, conservative, military based town where gay men were not out. There were only two small bars and both ended up being fire bombed in the late 70s. But here in the Castro, I could walk down the street holding hands with my boyfriend and no one blinked an eye. It was like being in heaven for me. Well at least until HIV and AIDS reared its ugly head a couple of years later. We will be leaving for the walk in just a short bit but wanted to get the blog written for today.

The other night, I was at the Poverello Volunteer dinner which was held at the Italian American Civic League in Wilton Manors. I was one of the invited because I volunteer at their gym helping people with HIV and AIDS learn how to work out and keep up lean muscle mass.

The dinner club was very nice with great murals on the wall making you feel like you were in Italy. The food was provided by Tropics Restaurant and I got to meet one of the owners. They put out a delicious and elaborate buffet including roast beef, salmon, chicken with all the trimmings. There was also an open bar for the volunteers but I do not drink.

Everyone was excited to get their pic taken with Dab the AIDS Bear and we met a ton of new people who work in other parts of Poverello. At our table, we had several of the other volunteers from the gym.

Below is the slide show from pics I took at the event:

Yesterday, there was an ADAP protest rally in Fort Lauderdale and our Ambassador of Hope Joey Wynn attended and took pictures with his Dab the AIDS Bear which I will hopefully have done for the blog tomorrow. I would like to thank everyone who showed up fighting for the rights of people with HIV and AIDS to have access to life saving medications. I would have loved to have attended the rally but was on my way here at the time.

Well I need to grab a shower and get ready to head out for the walk. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab