In 2008 we began to help our students' caretakers, their elderly grandmothers. What began as a handful of guardians has blossomed into a program assisting over 6,200 grannies who are self-organized into 91 groups in three districts.
Suddenly we jumped from Miss Fire Island 1983 to Miss Fire Island 1998. Um, what? At first, I was like, "Are all those queens from the '80s and '90s really so busy they can't be here?" Then I got it: the missing queens weren't missing. They were gone.
Are we confident that U.S. leadership on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis will acknowledge the evidence about what is possible and rise to this challenge? Will President Obama heed Archbishop Tutu's call to action and do his part to end AIDS?
Today, too often the response to AIDS is a shrug of the shoulders and a "Isn't that over now?" or "But what can I do?" Dismissed as "AIDS fatigue," it is left to others to deal with. Well, time to get over it.
This does not strike me as consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Of the many Bible passages that come to mind: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."