San Francisco AIDS Foundation
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation envisions a future where health justice is achieved for all people living with or at risk for HIV. The organization has promoted health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV since 1982. They offer sexual health services, including HIV testing and access to treatment; substance use services, including a harm reduction center; services designed specifically for the community of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors; hepatitis C services; and much more—all free of charge. SFAF also engages in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels, often with community partners, to advance compassionate and just policies and programs.
SFAF’s signature fundraising event, the AIDS/LifeCycle, was cancelled again in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving quite a hole in their fundraising efforts.
Tell Me More: Among the dozens of items available in the SFAF shop, they have decided to feature their “Still Here, Still Queer” merchandise, celebrating our resilience and diversity, remembering where we have been while working to move us forward.
First, the Still Here, Still Queer T-shirt. Made of pre-shrunk fabric, with side-seam construction, this shirt comes in black, brown, heather, navy, and white, in sizes from XS to 4XL, a comfortable fit for both women and men. Next up, a trendy, tie-dyed 100% cotton, low-profile cap. The hat is one-size-fits-most with a tri-glide buckle enclosure for adjusting the fit.
Who Benefits: All profit from the sales these items will help to fund the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and will help them to continue to serve their 25,000 clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.
How Much: Both the T-shirt and the tie-dye cap are $25.00.
How to Order: The Health Justice For All items, and many other items, are available at https://shop.sfaf.org/.
As we approach the holidays near the end of this calamitous year, many of us may struggle to find reasons for celebration. It’s been a challenging year on multiple levels. Climate change set the West Coast on fire, while it drowned the Southeast and Northeast in freakish rainstorms. Even if the effects of climate change haven’t kept us awake at night, we’ve had to cope with the still-spreading, still-deadly COVID-19 crisis (and its accompanying epidemic of disinformation) for nineteen months. And of course these calamities have impacted the HIV community, with reduced HIV testing, the closure of many clinics, and a dangerous drop in funding for HIV/AIDS-related organizations and services.
It’s been an exhausting year.
Perhaps that is why celebrating the holidays this year is so important. For the sake of our sanity, we need some spirited revelry, some levity to light the darkness that has surrounded us. As Jerry Herman wrote for Mame, “For we need a little music, need a little laughter / Need a little singing ringing through the rafter / Yes we need a little snappy happy ever after.” We need the human contact of gathering together, sharing a holiday feast, toasting each other’s health, exchanging gifts.
In our 20th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a wide array of gifts that perform triple duty—they will delight the recipients of your gifts, you will enjoy the spirit of giving, and each gift helps to raise funds for one HIV/AIDS-related organization or another. Greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, hats, food stuffs, artwork, holiday ornaments—you name it, you’ll find the perfect gifts here in a broad range of prices.
So be of good cheer! Get out your gift list and get busy spreading love and joy among your friends and family. We sure could use some love and joy these days!
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-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.