October 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Walk to End HIV set for Saturday at Freedom Plaza
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The Walk to End HIV is slated for this weekend. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

More than 5,000 D.C.-area residents were expected to participate in Whitman-Walker Health’s annual Walk to End HIV, which was scheduled to kick off Saturday morning, Oct. 24, at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C.

Former child star Danny Pintauro, best known for his eight-year role as the beloved Jonathan Bower in the 1980s ABC hit sitcom, “Who’s The Boss?” was scheduled to greet participants of the walk along with women’s human rights and reproductive justice advocate Dazon Dixon Diallo.

Both are to receive Whitman-Walker’s Courage Award, the organization’s most prominent annual award, at a ceremony at Freedom Plaza prior to the kick-off of the walk and a 5K Run to End HIV.

Pintauro attracted national media attention in September when he disclosed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he was diagnosed as HIV positive 12 years ago and that he believes he became infected through oral sex at a time when he was addicted to crystal meth.

“Dazon and Danny have been superheroes in the fight against HIV in very distinct ways, and we are proud to present them with the Courage Award at the Walk this year,” said Whitman-Walker executive director Don Blanchon.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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