Entertainment journalist Marc Malkin just completed an impressive feat, bicycling his first AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
After he finished, Malkin took another big step — in an Instagram post commemorating the ride, he came out as HIV positive.
“I am back home. Back home after riding my first @aidslifecycle,” the award-winning red carpet reporter wrote.
“The ride has left me with many things, but probably the biggest gift I have received is the inspiration to live my truth.
“On this beautiful day of LGBTQ pride, I have something to say for the first time in such a public forum. I am HIV-positive.
“In short, I lived much of my thirties in confusion, depression and a search to find myself. I partied too much. I struggled with crystal meth. I was diagnosed with HIV about nine years ago.
“Today, I am sober and living with HIV. @haircoloristfabian came out as HIV-positive recently on Facebook. My dear friend @karljschmid did the same on Instagram. These two amazing men sparked the inspiration to come out about my status. AIDS/LifeCycle convinced me it was time.
“Visibility matters. Just ask the men on the ride who told Fabian that his story inspired them to ride.
“So, here I am celebrating LGBTQ pride and honoring my Uncle David and my Uncle Arthur by standing up and saying, ‘I am HIV-positive.’”
Here’s the full post:
And here’s more from Malkin’s inspiring AIDS/LifeCycle ride: