"People still think of [AIDS] as a shame-based disease … and so a lot of people are still very bigoted about this disease, and it’s our biggest opponent, trying to break these people down. It’s such a treatable disease … [and] the end is in sight … medically. But if we don’t go hand in hand with the stigma problem, along with the medical advancement, then we’re never going to defeat it … And the way we do that is to be more compassionate, more understanding, more loving towards each other. We have to change attitudes."
Elton John, on NPR’s Talk of the Nation
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Elton John Calls for Anti-Gay Violence in Ukraine to Stop
Elton John used his star power to urge the Ukraine to forego a proposed law that would ban “propaganda” about gay people after meeting with a LGBT rights activist who was the victim of a brutal antigay attack in Kiev.
The singer spoke Saturday night from the stage during a concert in the center of the Ukranian capital, according to a joint news release from the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Kaleidoscope Trust, an international LGBT rights organization.
“Recently I have read that people who are gay in Ukraine have been beaten up. And that for me is wrong. And that for me doesn’t symbolize Ukraine,” he said. “Ukraine is a good place and it is full of great people. It should never be a crime to be a different color, or a different religion or a different sexual orientation. We are all God’s children. We all deserve a chance. And I plead with you Ukraine, stop the violence against gay people and say no to law 8711. You are great people Ukraine. I love you very much. Let us embrace each other and hold each other close. We are all special people.”