EL CERRITO, Calif. — Kevin Dimmick has withstood a two-year federal court battle to display his HIV-positive status on the back of his Harley.
The 42-year-old Kensington man sued the state Department of Motor Vehicles in 1996 after it refused to approve his application for a motorcycle license plate that read "HIV POS," saying it could be considered offensive.
After the victory, Dimmick picked up his new license plate Friday.
Dimmick, who now has AIDS, ran a support group for heterosexuals called Positive Support. He said he wanted the plate because it would help spread acceptance of straight people who have the virus.
"I'm not saying it's a good thing, but it has to be acceptable, like cancer, and I didn't feel it was," he said.