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Worldwide Chaos’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 16 Mar 2006

Location: New York, USA

MapI WALK BECAUSE...

A few months ago I gained about 10 minutes of notoriety because "New York" magazine thought that my walking to and from work everyday was something worth writing about.

And maybe it is.

On Sunday May 21st Jimes and I are going to join thousands of other New Yorkers in the annual AIDS Walk NY, a benefit for the Gay Men's Health Crisis. The GMHC provides services to the men, women and children in this city who are living with HIV and AIDS.

I'm no Rachel Weisz, out to save the world a-la-Constant Gardener and all, but I do feel a sense of urgency about this issue. Yes, as a gay man AIDS affects me. And instead of sitting around worrying about it, being sad about, not wanting to believe it's happening, I'd like to do something different this year. And yes, with the help of my friends and family.

Tons has changed for me in the past two years, and all for the better. Out of gratitude for that, I'd like to help the process of better-ing other people's lives, other people like me, and perhaps not like me, who are suffering through a preventable, treatable but still deadly disease.

I walk because AIDS is real, because it's not a moral indictment from heaven and because it's claiming far too many lives in this city.

If you would like to support me in this year's AIDS walk, please visit

http://aidswalknewyork2006.kintera.org/faf/r.as...