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“The ‘HIV POSiTIVE’ t-shirts made a very strong statement last night and I felt proud and privileged to be in such great company. Here’s to many more years of fighting the good fight!” – Doug

“I was really inspired by all the people who walked… and then disappointed by the Politician who spoke at the Rally. Its so clear that we can not depend upon these politicians for our rights and medical needs. But we can & must depend on each other!” – Gary

“I didn’t think I was ready to wear the HIV POSITIVE shirt. But wow, it was an awesome experience. I felt really empowered. I am now stronger today than yesterday.” – Paul

“I really expected to see only a few HIV POSITIVE shirts. But it seemed like there were hundreds. I felt really proud wear it.” – James

“I felt proud & empowered to fight the battles we still need to fight.” – James

Amidst the sea of black shirts there were Mothers & Fathers, Grandparents, and Children. I felt very inspired by all of those who walked with us.” – Terry

I felt so fortunate to be alive & holding hands with these incredible men. For me, it was a celebration of life.

When we walked up to the Names Quilt, I held back my tears as I thought about so many beautiful people who could not be with us to walk, but I felt their strength & energy jolt me. The Quilts spoke of their joys in life not the sadness of illness. I may have HIV but I am not dead and I choose to Live…Joyfully

“Thru all of this, I made some really amazing friends!” – John

“OMG, there were so many hot guys wearing those shirts!” – Roger

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“I drove down to the vigil in a rather somber mood, thinking about all the special people in my life I have lost to AIDS. This is the 1st World AIDS Day vigil I have had the courage to attend. I was afraid during the walk I might break down in tears, because my losses really have been that substantial. But having so many of my friends from the LIFE group around me took my mind off all that sadness. All the friends and loved ones I have lost to AIDS would have been proud to know we are still here, and still living off all the strength and love we shared while they were here with us.” – David

What a glorious sight when I arrived at Hagen Park. They were a hit. I got several inquiries as to where we got them and what PALS and LIFE were about.

“Personally, I felt free and proud – for one night at least, rid of the HIV stigma. It was right there on my chest for all to see. It raised awareness and I did get approached in Bill’s, Alibi and on the street by curious men who said they respected me and my choice to where the shirt.” – Ralph

“Nice work gentlemen. It was an amazing sight. I wanted to share a little something with you too. Jose, Eduardo and I were all wearing our Poz shirts standing together in Alibi afterwards and a guy none of use knew came over and insisted on a group hug. All he kept saying was ‘You guys are just amazing…just amazing.’ Sort of defined the night for me, and you know what? He is right! Thank you!” – Dave

“YES…It was an amazing evening. It was so great to see so many of our fellow LIFEers together wearing the shirts. For me, it was our Graduation! I’m so glad we were all able to share it together.

“Thanks Guys for making this happen and for sharing in this experience together.”

I can hardly express the joy and pride I experienced to walk with such amazing people who made me feel right at home even though I am HIV Negative. I walked mainly for my partner Rudyn to honor his strength and spirit but after last night, my extended family has been enlarged by quite a few special, loving and strong-willed people. Thanks for such an unforgettable experience!!!” – Carlos

To be continued…

– Photos by Bob R.

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Good afternoon Men,

We are very excited to share with you the most recent effort by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services called “Facing AIDS” which is accessible at the following link: http://www.aids.gov/facingaids/

This program recognizes the importance of disclosure. As published on the site. “By Facing AIDS, you’re also supporting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.” According to the Strategy, “The stigma associated with HIV remains extremely high and fear of discrimination causes some Americans to avoid learning their HIV status, disclosing their status, or accessing medical care.” (Sounds like a few of the co-factors we discussed in the L.I.F.E. program.)

Please visit the web site referenced and read about this innovative program.

Bob, Joe and myself will be at Alibi’s early Wednesday night (about 6:30 PM) to meet and walk with participants of this L.I.F.E. cycle & the POZitive Attitudes group members to Richardson Park. As promised, we will be wearing our “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirts to show support for those persons and organizations who are actively promoting visibility of the HIV positive population to end the stigma associated with this disease.

We encourage you to wear the “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirt donated this past Tuesday night to the participants, facilitators, and staff of PALS/L.I.F.E. Project. We are very glad we can help raise this awareness within our community while giving thanks to each of you for sharing with us your experiences. Please invite your friends/guests to join us and we will make additional shirts available as possible that evening.

We look forward to seeing you.

Our best for a memorable evening,
Jim Cooper, Joe Guerrero, Bob Risse

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