In Their Own Words: AIDS Fundraisers Share the Personal Stories that Motivate Them
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 12 2012 5:05 PM ET
Steve Lapuk, 45, of Los Angeles:
“I am participating in Concrete Hero because I have lost several friends to AIDS. I have several friends managing life with HIV, and HIV/AIDS is a major focus of my training and practice as a therapist.
I came of age during the height of the AIDS crisis in the mid-'80s and the association of the disease with being gay kept me from coming out until age 27. There was never a time in my life when I didn't associate sex with HIV, and this is true for many gay men, adding an extra layer of shame many have felt from society just for being gay.”