The AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event. It started in 1986 and has continued to grow through the passion of diverse New York City communities, activities, and organizations that were touched by the early waves of the HIV epidemic and its persistent effects through the decades. BronxWorks has a history of attending and supporting the AIDS Walk New York over many years. Our staff have walked as both the Citizens Advice Bureau and as BronxWorks.
The 2022 AIDS Walk New York took place on Sunday, May 15. Staff from BronxWorks Positive Living and our LGBTQ+ Committee were proud to continue the tradition of supporting the event along with staff from all corners of the organization. Positive Living participants were also invited and several joined on the day of the Walk. Leading up to the AIDS Walk, our staff helped to raise awareness and funding in support of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization working to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
While the AIDS crisis is not only an LGBTQ+ issue, it is still an issue that is prevalent in the LGBTQ+ community. Our committee was proud to support the AIDS Walk and the efforts of all organizations working to help those afflicted by the disease and working to find an effective HIV vaccine.”
– Raymi De La Cruz and Aaron Cipollina, Co-Chairs of the BronxWorks LGBTQ+ Committee
The organizations supported by AIDS Walk New York have made incredible progress regarding education and stigma surrounding the AIDS crisis. Still, it remains an important issue at the intersection of many communities, particularly communities of color and the LGBTQ+. As BronxWorks was one of the first Bronx-based HIV and AIDS service providers in the 1980s, the agency is proud to participate in the AIDS walk as a way to support our efforts in education and prevention.