If you’re over 50, chances are you knew or knew of someone who died of AIDS. It’s on this day, in particular, that I remember my dear friend and co-worker, Harry. Harry was one of those special people you wanted to be around. Originally from the south, he had that sharp tongue and quick-wit that you picture in a Tennessee Williams' play. He had a great sense of humor and loved more than anything to make people laugh. Like many others, he died much too young.
It is especially today, World AIDS Day, that I’m thinking of Harry. And I’m hopeful. On World AIDS Day, our community comes together to raise awareness about AIDS. On this day, our friends are remembered and we renew our commitment to fight AIDS and support people with HIV.
Today is also a special day because the the City of West Hollywood is honoring the West Hollywood Cheerleaders with the Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award. The West Hollywood Cheerleaders is a group of dedicated volunteers, whose mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS. Go, WeHo Cheer!