May 14, 2009

May 14, 2009
Welcome to My World

Welcome to another blog entry. Sorry it has been a few days since my last entry but my schedule has been jammed packed. I wish I could figure out how to squeeze 36 hours into a 24 hour day. If someone else has, please fill me in on your secret.

Yesterday, I spoke at a joint meeting of the Rose and Thorns community groups. Most of the members are African American and they are interested in doing HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention in their community. So Max from the Department of Health and I were doing two presentations for them.

Max presented a new demi-model for Peer Educators that the Department of Health has designed. From what I saw it was a great program especially for the demographics it is trying to target. So I urged the members who were interested to get involved and request more training. Plus it provides everyone with a free meal and a lot of them are on disability or limited income.

Then it was time for me to present our new initiative for National HIV Testing Day. We are doing an online ad campaign urging people to get tested on June 27. I am filming diverse members of our community to reach all segments with a continual central theme. Almost 3/4 of the people at the meeting participated in the filming. It is always so great seeing Alice and the groups. Not to mention how great it is to see people wanting to help stop the spread of HIV in their communities. So stay tune for the release in a few weeks.

Today I spoke with a new friend who is going to IML and going to take Dab the AIDS Bear with him. He is also a long term survivor like me with over 25 years under his belt. So stop by the Leather Masters booth at IML in Chicago and tell Dave that Daddy Dab sent you. Dave has agreed to be our ambassador of hope and have Dab the AIDS Bear at the events and send back pictures. My fellow members of the leather community in San Francisco were some of the first to die from AIDS in the early 80s and also the ones who fought for the rights and medicines we have today while taking care of their brothers. If you ever visit the National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco there is a point called the "Circle of Friends" where many of the names of the first to die from AIDS in San Francisco are engraved. Many of those name are men from our leather community.

So Dab the AIDS Bear is on his way soon with Dave to IML. Another Dab the AIDS Bear is on his way to Lance in San Francisco to walk in their AIDS Walk in a few weeks. Lance and I have known each other for over 25 years. We met while doing modeling and commercials when we were young men. He is another long term survivor and member of the leather community who is acting as one of our ambassador of hope. So look forward to Lance's pics also.

A big shout out to Dave and Lance. Thanks for all your help guys. You rock!

As you can imagine I am staying quite busy right now with personal appearance, AARP, Divided We Fail not to mention the new online campaign for National HIV Testing Day. But there is nothing I would rather be doing in life. Who else can help prevent illness while helping those already in trouble. Priceless.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab