The “Candle in the Wind” singer overcame a nearly life-threatening drug addiction 22 years ago and struggled to come to terms with his sexuality. Since that time, he has fallen in love and become a father. He has used his position of celebrity to bring acceptance and solutions to the worldwide AIDS crisis and is one of the leading advocates in raising awareness and funding.
“We have to replace the shame with love,” he told the audience. “We have to replace the stigma with compassion. No one should be left behind.”
He then went on to say, “We need people to say it’s OK to be HIV positive. We need to move forward in that respect. We need to embrace each other.”
Do you think Elton John’s words will advance the cause of AIDS awareness and prevention?