The POZ 100-The Soldiers
All wars—hot, cold and metaphorical—are won or lost on the front lines. The fight against HIV/AIDS is no different. Without the science—a cure, a vaccine and other biomedical prevention—the battle cannot be won. However, the science is only half the battle.
We’ll need leadership to get funding to implement those tools. We’ll also need legions of fighters to defend the dignity of people living with the virus, which includes a world without stigma and discrimination.
Read about the 23 advocates, politicians and celebrities who fit the bill: http://www.poz.com/articles/POZ_100_Soldiers_2746_23148.shtml
Annie Lennox, Elton John Lead List of Most Charitable Stars
AIDS activists top the LooktotheStars.org list of most charitable stars
Elton John Tells His AIDS Story in ‘Love Is the Cure’
Proceeds from the sale of Sir Elton John’s new book, Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). In the book, John opens up about the many friends he has lost to AIDS and provides a personal account of how friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor encouraged him to establish and develop EJAF. The foundation has focused on supporting HIV prevention, treatment and service programs and on ending HIV stigma. Founded in the early ’90s, EJAF has raised more than $275 million. The memoir also serves as a manifesto calling for more resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Elton John’s 20th Annual Oscar Party Raises $5.25M for HIV/AIDS
Elton John and his partner David Furnish hosted the 20th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to benefit The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) on February 26 at West Hollywood Park in California, reports USA Today. The event raised $5.25 million, reports the Beverly Hills Courier. More than 900 guests attended the star-studded gala to view the Oscars broadcast. An auction to raise funds for the foundation featured an autographed portrait of John, a private tennis lesson with Rafael Nadal and cooking lessons taught by chef Cat Cora, which fetched $100,000 split between pop singer Katy Perry and movie producer Steve Tisch. Before the event, rocker and American Idol judge Steven Tyler auctioned off two seats at his table that sold for $30,000 on charitybuzz.com. Money raised by EJAF supports HIV/AIDS outreach, prevention, care and support services in 55 countries.
United States Conference on AIDS
David Furnish of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and other luminaries were in attendance at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago. Click here to check out our coverage.
Sir Elton John Sues Banker for $1M Unpaid AIDS Pledge
Sir Elton John is taking court action against a banker who pledged $1 million to the pop icon’s foundation in a charity auction bid but never paid. At a June 2010 gala ball, Spencer Lodge, a Dubai-based banker, produced the highest bid for a day with John and signed a contract. However, Lodge has still not paid the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Gothic-themed event held at John’s mansion raised more than $7 million to fight HIV/AIDS. Click here for more.
From the Newsfeed - George Michael Concert to Benefit Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund
George Michael will perform a November 6 concert at London’s Royal Opera House to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund, a new HIV/AIDS charity created by Elton John. Tickets went on sale to the general public June 26. Taylor, who died in March, cofounded amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Click here for more.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation wants you to sign a petition calling on Gov. Rick Scott to not cut the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Click here to read the letter and sign your name.