A national magazine has included a Butte man in its Top 100 list for 2013 of people who are leading the fight against AIDS in their communities.
POZ magazine, an award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, on Monday announced the fourth annual POZ 100.
The Butte man is Rick Holman, executive director of Butte AIDS Support Services, a group of volunteers who provide emotional and financial support to those living with and affected by HIV.
Holman also serves on the Montana State Planning Group and travels across the state to share his wisdom and experience whenever possible. He gives individuals the strength they need to keep fighting, and he works the entire year to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS. This year, Holman served as the co-marshal of Montana’s Pride Celebration.
This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate an HIV-positive person in their community who is an unsung hero in the fight against AIDS. For the first time, the list is made up completely of people living with the virus.
“The individuals on this year’s list may not consider themselves to be heroes, but we do,” said Oriol Gutierrez, POZ’s editor-in-chief. “Each person — in his or her own unique way — is taking a brave stand against the virus.’’
Details: poz.com/100 to see this year’s full list.