GMHC AIDS Walk New York 2007Thousands turned out today to take part in GMHC's annual AIDS Walk New York, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization. Starting in Central Park with a speech from Whoopi Goldberg and a stirring rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by The Pirate Queen's Stephanie J. Block the walk meanders through the park, across Cathedral Parkway (110th Street) and down Riverside Drive to 74th St. I'm in a prime location at 83rd and Riverside to watch and cheer for the walkers as they pass by.
The walk brought out its usual cast of colorful characters which you can see pictured below including: bears greeting dogs, tranny waitrons, cute volunteers, muscle boys and in the last photo, my parents who participate every year. Mom got to wear a crown as a star walker this year. She raised $1350 for the cause.
UPDATE: $6.8 Million was raised to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis by over 45,000 walkers, both new records for AIDS Walk New York!