amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, established by the late Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since its inception in 1985, amfAR has invested more than $550 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide. Their motto, “Making AIDS History,” is one we all can support.
To fund the invaluable work they do, the organization offers “amfAR Gear,” and other items (cups, baseball caps, even Hadid Caviar!) on their website.
T-shirts: You (and your friends) will be proud to wear one of amfAR’s stylish t-shirts. Their silkscreened logo t-shirt, with “Making AIDS History” below, are made of 100% cotton and are available in both women’s and men’s sizes, in either black or white. amfAR tells us these shirts are their staff favorites—it’s easy to see why!
Baseball Cap: Everyone can use an extra baseball cap, right? amfAR has you covered with this stylish black cap with the amfAR logo emblazoned on it in white. Built for comfort and style, the cap features an athletic polyester mesh design to keep your head cool while you look cool. Elasticated band closure with two sizes available. S/MD and LG/XL.
Tell Me More: Despite enormous progress in recent years on scaling up HIV/AIDS treatment, close to half of the 37 million people living with HIV worldwide still don’t have access to lifesaving medications. amfAR is a leading advocate for continued robust U.S. support for the global HIV response through critical programs such as PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Recognizing that in many countries, women and girls bear the highest burden of HIV—in the United States, approximately one in four people living with HIV are women, the majority of whom are women of color—amfAR’s policy office advocates for increasing access to HIV services and reducing the socioeconomic, cultural, and economic factors that make women and girls vulnerable to acquiring HIV.
How Much: The t-shirt costs $25 each. The baseball cap is also $25.
Who Benefits: amfAR will receive 70% of each purchase of the amfAR t-shirt; they will receive 40% of the sale of the amfAR baseball cap.
How to Order: The t-shirt and the baseball cap are available for sale at http://amfar.myshopify.com/products.
Good Cheer to All!
Celebrating the Holidays during a raging pandemic might be, well, a little awkward for all of us this year. “Making merry” and spreading “good cheer” might seem incongruous, even disrespectful, in a year when hundreds of thousands of our countrymen have perished from COVID-19 and several million more have been infected. It may be difficult to open our bruised and battered hearts enough to let in the spirit of giving.
But I remember many years during the height of the AIDS pandemic when we lived with even more death and chaos than we’ve lived with this year. I remember years when the Holiday season was filled with more funerals and memorials than holiday parties. And still, every year, even the worst years, we gathered our friends and families together for Holiday meals; we ooh’d and ahh’d over gifts we exchanged with each other; we popped open the champagne bottles and toasted our friends, living and gone. We did these things because we needed them—we needed these rituals to show ourselves that despite all the death and chaos that engulfed us, there is still Love in the world, that it is still possible to find or make Joy in our lives, that mourning our dead and celebrating Life are not mutually exclusive.
We surely need those rituals this year!
And so, we here at A&U continue our tradition of spotlighting holiday gifts that perform double duty—they will charm and delight the recipient of the gifts, of course, but they will also raise much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and charities. From silly and campy to luxurious and fashionable, in every price range, the gifts highlighted here are sure to warm even the most battered hearts. We hope you will enjoy giving them as much as your friends will enjoy receiving them.
We wish all of you a joyous, heart-centered Holiday Season filled with love and good cheer. Now go out there and make merry!
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.