Why are you marching?
We need to get people reenergized [about the epidemic]. With new HIV meds, people have become too complacent. Nearly all the people our AIDS service organizations serve don’t do any AIDS activism.
What’s planned for AIDSWatch?
We’re bringing a lot of shoes—each pair is supposed to represent someone living with AIDS.
What do you do back home?
I’m executive director of Street Works (www.street-works.org), a Nashville ASO for prostitutes, drug users and such. At the October march, Tennessee’s going to be in the house!
What can Tennessee contribute?
We may try to get the country-music industry behind us. They haven’t played a role in AIDS, probably because no one has pushed them. Anybody who wants to jump onboard, call me at: 615.321.3344.
Will you bring any of the prostitutes you do outreach to?
We’ll try, but addictions make it hard. I can’t see them leaving for DC while they’re still smoking crack.
On the March!
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