The first Sunday each June is the AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston. While I wish there was no longer a need for this fundraiser the sad truth is there remains no cure and infections continue to spread among all age groups and sexual orientation. No longer a “gay disease” it still resonates with the LGBT community and so I wanted to encourage you to create a fund raiser page and plan to walk in this year’s AIDS Walk & Run Boston on Sunday, June 2nd. You may register and sign up to walk or run by linking here.
AIDS Walk & Run Boston – Sunday, June 2nd
If you cannot join AIDS Action on Sunday, June 2nd, my friend and fellow blogger, Julian would greatly appreciate a donation (any amount is welcome).
Support Julian by making a donation today here
Julian has a very modest goal of raising $500. If you are not or cannot participate in the walk this year, won’t you help him shatter his goal? I think together we can help him raise far more. Proceeds go to support New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization, AIDS Action.
Although it is still weeks away, I wanted to give a shout out to The AIDS Action Committee which is working with individuals, teams and corporations to help fund raise for this year’s AIDS Walk and Run on Sunday, June 2nd.
This year is the 28th anniversary of this walk. Will you be participating in the Walk this year? Put the date in your calendar and talk to your friends about coming down to the DCR Hatch Shell.
You may sign up to run, walk or volunteer by linking here.
AIDS Action deserves a lot of credit for hosting another successful Taste of the South End. I’ve attended many tasting events put on by different neighborhoods and organizations and this annual event held in the South End remains my favorite. The number and variety of food and drink is impressive, the crowd is always friendly and the money goes to such a worthy charity.
As usual, there were some real stand outs, my favorite was the tuna tartare with soy and ginger served on cripsy wontons from Mistral. The tuna melted in the mouth and I had all I could do not to swipe one of the platters holding a dozen or more of these treats from their table. Additionally, Myers + Chang’s served their restaurant’s popular salmon + honeycrisp apple tartare with spicy soy, spinach and sesame crisps; mental note to order it on my next visit there.
On the sweeter side, PICCO wowed me for the second year in a row with their “adult float” which combines a fruit flavored lambic (this year was peach) poured over either vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Also adicting was The Gallows miniature fluffernutter pies which were conveniently next to PICCO.
In addition to eating great food and getting the opportunity to chat with friends, attendees find out about changes at neighborhood restaurants. For example, did you know Estelle’s has started serving lunch on Saturdays and Aquitaine has a newly expanded lunch menu which they offer weekdays.
One week from today the Taste of the South End will take place at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) on Tremont Street. All proceeds from this culinary delight that each year tempts the hundreds who help this event sell out will go to benefit New England’s largest AIDS service organization, The AIDS Action Committee.
Taste of the South End is Tuesday, March 5th
Doors are open from 7-9pm (VIP’s are welcome starting at 6pm)
It is difficult to articulate how much fun I have at this event each year and for those new to the area or curious to check out restaurants in the South End, this offers you a great opportunity to sample plates from 40+ restaurants in the neighborhood. Many of the stations are hosted by the head chef or general manager of the restaurant so it also offers you a chance to chat 1:1. If you haven’t yet, consider supporting AIDS Action Committee’s superb event The Taste of the South End by purchasing tickets today.
Purchase Tickets to The Taste of the South End Here
This year’s participating restaurants include: 28 Degrees, Addis Red Sea, Aquitaine, B&G Oysters, The Beehive, BoMA, The Butcher Shop, Cinquecento, Coppa, DaVinci Ristorante, Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, Davio’s, Estelle’s, El Centro, Flour Bakery, Formaggio South End, The Gallows, Gaslight, Haley House Café, Hamersley’s Bistro, Kitchen, Masa, Mela, Metropolis Cafe, Mistral, Myers + Chang, OrinocoPetit Robert Bistro, Picco, Pigalle, Sibling Rivalry, South End Buttery, Stella, Stephi’s on Tremont, Stir, Toro, Tremont 647/Sister Sorel, Turner Fisheries, Union Bar and Grille, and Whole Foods Market
For those who purchase VIP tickets these restaurants will be in the VIP Lounge: Bistro du Midi, Summer Shack, and Yakitori Zai
The Taste of the South End, which raises funds for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts may be my favorite charity event of the year. With 40 restaurants participating, it is a “must attend” in my opinion. That is why I wanted to give everyone a heads up that one month from today, on Tuesday, March 5th, the Taste of the South End 2013 will take place. If you’d like to learn more about the event or purchase tickets online, link here.
Feel free to check out my two minute video from last years Taste.
New Study on Penis Size and Condom Usage
Hunter College in New York collected data in 2010 from nearly 500 gay and bisexual men and the findings of their report will be published in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.
The study asked gay and bisexual men if “the comfort and fit of a condom has an impact on them having safer sex.” The study concluded the larger the man’s penis size, the higher the rate of condom failure, and the more likely he was to forgo condom usage. Most gay clubs / bars in the US already make condoms available for free, but the study suggests taking an additional step of including larger sized condoms to help encourage safer sex.
A new study from Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training determined there is a correlation between the size of a gay man’s penis and the likelihood he’ll use a condom.More findings from this self-reported study included:
• Nearly 50% of men reported condom slippage during sex.
• Almost 33% reported condom breakage in the past 3 months.
• 40% reported that they did not have a problem finding condoms that fit properly.
I’m still traveling, but I wanted to remind everyone that today is World AIDS Day.
The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the largest AIDS Service Organization in New England and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Interested? You may learn more about how to get involved or to make a donation by visiting here.
If you live in Boston, look to the Prudential this evening. The top of the building will be alight in red in honor of World AIDS Day. If you would like to learn more about World AIDS Day you may visit here.
Although this organization is based in D.C. and your local community may not be doing anything, I thought it was worth posting for those in Washington, D.C. Hopefully, this reminds all of us that there is a very human component to this story, that has yet to write a happy ending.
You may learn more about this organization and the awareness day by linking here.
Bachelor shown: Matt Micari is handsome and has a heart of gold
No plans tonight? Come down to Club Cafe for the Harbor to the Bay Bachelor Auction at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Harbor to the Bay ride for AIDS. This bike ride from Boston to Provincetown gives 100% of its proceeds to The AIDS Action Committee, Fenway Health, Community Health Initiative, and AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
More about the Harbor to the Bay Ride here.
The Huffington Post reports HIV among gay and bisexual men is increasing and a new study — unprecedented in its comprehensiveness and scope — is underway to find out why.
The survey which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University will poll 25,000 volunteers through an online survey.
You may read the full article in the Huffington Post here. To take the survey which only takes a few minutes click here.
Each year, following Boston’s Pride Parade, which can only be described as “boring”, the unofficial block party on Chandler Street starts. One might assume the reason this block party is so awesome has everything to do with the fact that the Boston Pride Committee has nothing to do with it, but whatever the reason if you are in Boston for Pride Weekend check out this party. This is the best part of Pride week in Boston.
A $15 donation is requested with all proceeds going to The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The fun starts at 1:30 and concludes at 7:00pm, providing sufficient time for all to go home, sober up and take a quick disco nap.
I’m not able to participate in Boston’s AIDS Walk this year but my thoughts are with the organizers from The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. If you are not participating in this year’s walk which started earlier this morning won’t you consider making a donation to this worthwhile charity?
AIDS Action of Massachusetts
This Sunday The AIDS Action Committee (AAC) will host Boston’s 26th AIDS Walk. This event which draws thousands has been held the first Sunday of June since 1986 and it serves a dual purpose; first it raises large sums of unrestricted money to allow AAC to better serve its mission; second it raises awareness within our community.
Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to attend the event, but I will be sending a donation to the AAC. I would ask you to consider doing the same if you will not be attending this event.
Why is it important to keep walking?
Every 9.5 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV.
AAC makes participating in the walk very easy. You can log online at AIDSWalkBoston.org and sponsor yourself then join everyone down at the DCR Hatch Shell along the Esplanade.
Make your reservations today and plan to dine out on Thursday, April 26th to help fight AIDS here in Boston or in your community.
Since 1990, Dining Out for Life has offered an easy and delicious way to raise money to fund critically-needed services for people with HIV/AIDS, and next Thursday participating restaurants around the country will donate a portion of all sales to local AIDS service organizations. Here in Boston, participating restaurants will donate 25% of sales of meals to AIDS Action Committee.
So spread the word by “Liking” Dining Out For Life on Facebook at Facebook.com/Dine4LifeBos, or follow @Dine4LifeBos on Twitter and use the hashtag #DOFL. Here is a list of Boston area restaurants that are participating – Boston Dining Out For Life.
Make your reservations Today!
You know how much I enjoy my food so the fact that I look forward to the Taste of the South End each year will not be a shock. The event draws 40 restaurants from the neighborhood and consistently sells out. The proceeds go to the very worthy AIDS Action Committee.
The event includes plenty to eat and drink with more than a dozen different wines to sample. Sam Adams was the brewer on hand this year and they were featuring their new cider, Angry Orchard. If you like cider, its worth the try. The VIP lounge which traditionally includes a specialty bar, restaurants from outside the South End and comfortable seating did not disappoint. Restaurants in the VIP lounge included: Jasper White’s Summer Shack, Cambridge favorite – Upstairs on the Square and The Ritz Carlton’s – Artisan’s Bistro. Below is a video that I created for AIDS Action Committee