Little known fact: though the ride started out as mostly gay people, 50% of the riders in ALC 11 were straight! Though HIV/AIDS affects more straight people globally than gay people, it remains stigmatized here as a “gay disease.” (First link leads to a great video from an Ontario HIV awareness organization.) For that reason, I thank all our straight allies from the bottom of my heart.
I heard so many inspirational stories from both straight and gay people — I wish I could have interviewed each and every person. But I’m just too shy! I did get this great interview with Samantha Wallace, blogger and one of our training ride leaders on ALC 11. (Link to her blog is in the sidebar.) Hear why Samantha rides:
Thank you Samantha for your dedication and for cruising all the very fine straight and gay guys with me. See you next year!