In a recent interview with LGBT glossy
The Advocate, out Olympian Gus Kenworthy revealed he has
raised $153,000 for his upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle ride.
Kenworthy, 27, has pledged to raise $1
million to help fund programs at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the
San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a 550 mile ride from
San Francisco to Los Angeles. It has raised more than $200 million
for HIV and AIDS research and education since its start in 1993.
Riders will begin cycling on June 2.
Kenworthy, who came out in 2015, said
that he's participating to send a message that the epidemic is far
“I think that thinking HIV and AIDS
is something of the past comes from a place of privilege. We feel
very lucky now with Truvada and things like that to feel safe and
feel like we're no longer really at risk, but infection rates are
still climbing, especially in poor communities,” Kenworthy
said, referring to the once-daily pill that is effective at
preventing HIV infection. Truvada has been criticized for its high
“[With] a lack of education [around
HIV and AIDS] we're seeing higher infection rates in young people.
It's important that we keep it in the forefront of people's minds.
It's not something that we found a cure for yet, and I really hope
that it comes, but as of now it's something that we still need to
fight for,” he said.
Kenworthy has been using social media
to help reach his $1 million goal. “Click the link in my bio to
help me reach my @aidslifecycle fundraising goals!” he captioned a
recent shirtless photo of himself on the custom rainbow bike from
Cannondale he'll ride next month. The caption included a hands