Aaron Gorelick's Page


Ride For Pride 8

Aaron Gorelick's Page

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!  On June 17th I'll be participating in a 50 mile bike ride/fundraiser. (Skip down toward the bottom to see what motivates me to ride.

The boring mechanics:
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Just click on the green DONATE button. 

What I’m willing to do for your support: If I reach my fundraising goal of $1,500 AND attract 100 individual donors at $3 or more I will shave my head in celebration. If I reach my fundraising goal of $1,500 AND attract 200 individual donors at $3 or more I will dye my hair BRIGHT ORANGE for the remainder of the summer. If I reach my fundraising goal of $1,500 AND attract 250 individual donors at $3 or more I will to do both. I think it is even MORE important to get 100 or 200 donors than it is to raise a specific dollar amount.  Please donate what you can to help


If you would rather not donate online you can mail a check made out to “Gay Alliance” to:

Jeannie Gainsburg, Ride For Pride Coordinator

Gay Alliance

100 College Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607


Why I ride and what makes me tick:

Executive summary and short version:

I would REALLY like to get back in shape, help promote awareness and raise some money for a great organization doing awesome work.   Hence, the 50 mile bike ride on June 17. I also want to do whatever I can to supoport full inclusion and equal rights for ALL of ny firends and humanity.  

Stream of consciousness version; nowhere NEAR as short:

The last time I was REALLY in shape was the summer of 1969.  Many of you will remember that year as ancient history from some textbook or another.  I remember it as current events and WHAT a year it was!  So many "firsts".  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.  The Doonesbury comic strip, PBS, Sesame Street, and Woodstock all debuted. 

An online search through Google quickly revealed these highlights and many more.  Do you know what was mentioned in NONE of them that I perused?  A little incident in Greenwich Village in June of '69 often referred to as the Stonewall riots.  I also noticed no mention of the deaths of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.  Pondering that, it makes me wonder about who gets marginalized or traumatized -- and why.

My first exposure of just how vilified one can become occurred when I was at Penn State studying to become a teacher.  A fellow student was not allowed to continue student teaching after it was discovered he was a homosexual and a member of HOPS (Homosexuals of Penn State).   Events led to my first involvement marching and demonstrating for Gay rights in 1971.  (Google the name Joe Acanfora for some fascinating reading.)

When I was a novice Sign Language interpreter a few decades ago, the Rochester Deaf Gay Community (collectively and individually) was instrumental in coaching and mentoring me.  I was afforded opportunities to interpret at International Conferences and public events that would stretch my skills.  I was also invited to any number of social events that supported my language development and cultural understanding. While I am name dropping, one of those events was a public presentation by Leonard Matlovich.  If you haven't heard of him, I'm sure there must be an article or two in the Empty Closet that mentions his name.  Or once again, try Google, or Bing, or Yahoo.

How does one ever pay back the love and support of fellow human beings?  I guess by supporting integrity, kindness, equality, compassion, and self-determination for all.  

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!



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