Back in the 1980's, when gay men were dying at such a rapid rate, our community stood united, in mass numbers and demanded immediate action. Over the years we have advanced public policy and created new funding streams to begin to respond to the AIDS epidemic on our own soil, yet we continue to struggle to not only engage our government, but also struggle to reawaken our community from complacency.
When is the last time you had the courage to pick up the phone or write a letter to let the President or a lawmaker know what was important to you? When is the last time you took a stand and advocated for the needs of another?
The time has come for us to return to our activist roots and pay homage to our courageous brother and sisters who have paved the path for us. Today is time to acknowledge the anxiety, pain and suffering we grown accostume. Ten states (Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) already have waiting lists for people to access lifesaving medications for HIV. On June 1st, Florida begins their first waitlist in years. Georgia, Illinois are among several other states expected to follow in a matter of days.
On Wednesday, May 26th, the national AIDS-community is calling for a day of action to save the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Please call your elected officials on Wednesday, May 26th. We ask that you call President Obama, your two US Senators and your US Representative. All of their contact information can be found by clicking here and entering your zip code.