BROOKLYN, N.Y./LOS ANGELES— founder Joanna Angel is asking friends and fans to join her in supporting her friend Nick Youssef, who is participating in the 2013 AIDS Life Cycle Ride.

The AIDS Life Cycle Ride is a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

“Thank you for helping Nick and supporting this cause,” Angel said.

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“A big thank you to Joanna and BurningAngel for donating to the AIDS Life Cycle Ride,” Youssef said. “BurningAngel will forever be my one-stop shop for punk rock porn stars with hearts of gold.”

Angel explained her enthusiasm for the cause, saying, “I have so much respect and admiration for Nick Youssef. It is truly rare to find someone who will exert this much physical energy into something purely selfless. We fully support his endeavor and we encourage others to donate whatever they can.”

The BurningAngel Empire is a cocktail of sex, rock n' roll and pop culture, launched in 2002 with a few sets of photos and a band interview, conceived by two amateur college kids from Rutgers, Joanna Angel and Mitch Fontaine. Since its launch, it has pioneered a new species of erotica known as "alt porn." For more information, visit and, or follow on Twitter: @JoannaAngel.