In a cover interview with Plus,
out Olympian Gus Kenworthy talks about why he's participating in
AIDS/LifeCycle, an annual ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that
raises funds and awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Kenworthy has pledged to raise $1
million, the largest amount raised by an individual rider in the
The 7-day ride will take place in June,
and Kenworthy will be riding a custom rainbow-colored Cannondale
bike. Cannondale will also auction off a replica of the bike and
donate all proceeds to AIDS/LifeCycle.
“I think the younger generation was
spared from experiencing a time when a diagnosis meant a death
sentence, but we still have a long way to go,” Kenworthy said. “We
need to continue to speak up for the cause and teach young people how
to protect themselves – that’s part of the reason I am doing the
The 27-year-old Kenworthy has a huge
social media following.
“With a large audience, I have an
opportunity to make a big impact and help a lot of people living with
HIV today. Some of my sponsors through skiing and the Olympics have
also kindly pledged to donate and host events to support the cause,”
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