Glen Weinzimer, the founder of SMART ride, is being honored by the World AIDS Museum at a cocktail party next week in Fort Lauderdale.
The museum is presenting Weinzimer with its 2016 Humanitarian Award at the exclusive Las Olas home of Eindar Khant and Dixan Gonzalez. Weinzimer is fresh off his 12th SMART ride, the annual cycling event from Miami to Key West which raises money for HIV services. The 2015 ride saw 383 people participate and raised more than $967,000.
For advance tickets ($50 per person), call the World AIDS Museum at 954-390-0550.
Meanwhile, politically, HIV/AIDS often falls on the margins of the public narrative. The Gay Men’s Health Crisis announced last week none of the Republican candidates in the U.S. Presidential election answered its survey on how they plan to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, however, did respond to the survey.
“While we are extremely disappointed that not a single Republican candidate submitted a response to the presidential survey on HIV and AIDS, we are heartened that those who did respond have thoughtful plans on how to end the epidemic,” said GMHC Chief Executive Officer Kelsey Louie.
Elsewhere, in Tallahassee, local AIDS activist Michael Rajner testified recently against the confirmation of John Armstrong as Florida’s Surgeon General and head of the Department of Health. Rajner said Armstrong’s leadership style had “cloaked the Sunshine State in darkness” and done little to reduce the number of HIV/AIDS cases.