WATCH: HIV-Positive Pedalers Get DirtyFit on the Road With Davey Wavey
By David Duran
Jamil Eric Wilkins
Thousands of cyclists and volunteer "roadies" on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles will partake in "Red Dress Day," an over-the-top and fun AIDS/LifeCycle tradition where cyclists wear a red dress, representing a red AIDS-awareness ribbon, on wheels.
Continuing this mission to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV or AIDS, YouTuber Davey Wavey has partnered with Positive Pedalers on the photo campaign, END STIGMA, to show that HIV-positive people are thriving with a positive status, not despite it. Comprised of repurposed bike parts and fabulous red costume, the images expand upon what "Red Dress Day" means for the riders on this inspiring and challenging ride through Callifornia.
"During my first ride, I noticed the big plus symbol on the PosPed's jerseys and their tagline, Eliminating stigma through our positive public example," said Wavey. "I was moved and impressed. Instead of surrendering to shame and stigma and hiding, these brave individuals are loudly saying, 'Here I am!' And showing the world that they're not just surviving, but thriving."
See more photos from the shoot and a video in next few pages.
Jamil Eric Wilkins
"I bike to stay ahead of my condition. I want to be an example that we can thrive with HIV and live a happy and healthy life." — Jamil Eric Wilkins
"These rides are important because they show people thriving — either riders with HIV, or friends and family who are just as determined to pedal through their frustration, sadness, and fear and become visible — as a force to the world.” — Will Harrell
"Don't let the words of others influence what you believe or the way you dress." — Andrew Wilson
"The best gift that I can give to the HIV/AIDS community is my example." — Larry Bryant
Larry Bryant 2
"A community can come together and thrive in the onset of a life-changing event." — CB Kirby
The Positive Pedalers (from left): CB Kirby, Andrew Wilson, Jamil Eric Wilkins, Larry Bryant, and Will Harrell
About AIDS/Lifecycle is a fully supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's a life-changing ride — not a race — through some of California's most beautiful countryside. AIDS/Lifecycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV or AIDS.