I lived in the heart of the Castro district in San Francisco when the AIDS epidemic mushroomed around me and my family, and watched young men vanish from the neighborhood. The fact that one of my closest friends could die because of this epidemic moved me to act. Deeply concerned about patients' rights and safety, I volunteered at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and ended up in their new marketing department, where I helped produce and distribute AIDS educational materials throughout the US. In 1990 I started a small publishing and distribution company with a friend and colleague—Timothy McGinn—who died of AIDS four years into our venture. I soldiered on until 1999. I moved to Sonoma County in 2000 and started working for the local AIDS network, where I managed a residential care facility for people with AIDS until its funding ended. Afterward I served as an Executive Assistant. The epidemic steered the course of my life for 22 years.
I’m now working to end homelessness, if not in the US as a whole, then in the bucolic California country-side in which I live, where several thousand people each year become homeless, many for years at a time. In 1995, I founded the One World Peace Foundation, an online educational resource to foster progressive world change and human understanding based on an unshakeable respect for truth, peace and freedom. Do visit our website.
President, One World Peace Foundation