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The world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, a sevenday, 545-mile excursion from San Francisco’s Cow Palace to West Hollywood’s Fairfax High School, kicked off June 2 with an extraordinary Photo courtesy Los Angeles LGBT Center announcement. The roughly 2,200 cyclists raised more than $16.7 million, the most money ever raised for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s HIV/AIDS-related services in the history of the event. The Ride emphasizes that the AIDS epidemic is not over, with a projected 700 people expected to contract HIV in the span of the seven-day trip. Right now, 1.2 million people are HIV-positive in America, with one-in-seven not knowing their status. “The dedication of our riders and roadies—and their generous donors—makes it possible for us to provide vital medical care and services to people living with HIV and to provide prevention tools, including PrEP, to those most at risk of becoming infected,” Center CEO Lorri L. Jean in a press release. “As the Center celebrates our 50th anniversary, we salute everyone who is part of the amazing AIDS/LifeCycle community working tirelessly to end AIDS.” “We will continue to ride until the epidemic is over,”said AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans. “And with L.A. Pride taking place during the same weekend, our riders and roadies have more reasons to celebrate their heroic achievements with their families and friends!”

“A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.” - Rhode Island bishop Thomas Tobin on Twitter June 1.

“My mom’s a lesbian. I think I turned out ok. And the activities she chooses is to help the homeless and people suffering from mental illness. I admit I’m not perfect but at least I was never a judgmental hypocrite! I’m sure you don’t speak for most Catholics. Have a nice day.” - Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista in Twitter reply to Bishop Tobin, with a middle-finger emoji.

“A lot of my songs are about love, and I just feel like who you love, how you identify, you should be able to live your life the way you want to live your life with the same rights as everybody else.” – Singer Taylor Swift after her Wango Tango concert in LA, promoting her petition for the Equality Act, via Variety June 2.

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