Scruffypup saidThere's no such thing as a gay "community." Please stop confusing cliques with communities. Only certain people are welcome in this "community" you speak of, so you should stop using that word to describe it. I help other gay people by living my life outside the closet and speak out when I see injustice, and if everyone would do that, we wouldn't need fundraisers. I used to donate to AIDS fundraisers for three different events, but now I only donate to one because I don't see gay people trying to stop this disease through safer sex. Why should I keep pouring money into something when people aren't even trying to help themselves? I give that money and time volunteered to animal welfare organizations now.
Interesting angle from the AIDS/HIV donations. I am my be biased because that is one of the main causes in my life. and you say that you don't see gay people trying to stop it from having safe sex. Well that is one angle but there are others..
Pediatric AIDS, these innocents had no decision in their fate and need a cure as much as the next person.
Long Term Survivors, there are still people alive from the 80s and early 90s who have fought this disease tooth and nail and who from time to time need some sort of assitance
Heterosexual women, one of the largest growing HIV populations here in Jacksonville is women who contract it from their spouses who step outside of the marriage. And like pediatrics these are also innocent victims. Their only crime is trusting the men in their lives.
Sex Education, surprisingly the further we get away from the height of the epidemic the less people seem to know about it. Particularly from the small rural towns where HIV is still considered a gay thing and talking about it is shunned.
Acceptance and Responsibility, the stigma that was once associated with the straight community in the 80s and 90s is now prevalent within the gay community. People are shunned and made to feel less than a man. This attitudes keeps many people from finding the truth and doing what needs to be done so that they live a long life.
So when you say, gays aren't having safe sex,, well, AIDS/HIV charities encompass so much more than that.