An op-ed by Elton John AIDS Foundation founder Sir Elton John has been published by the New York Times.

Elton’s op-ed, “Don’t Forget About AIDS,” celebrates the victories that have been won in the march to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples and calls on the LGBT community to bring that same creativity and dedication back to the effort to end AIDS.

“As engaged as the gay community and civil rights activists have been in the fight for marriage equality, we have lost ground on the fight that so intensely galvanized the gay community to begin with: HIV/AIDS,” Elton writes. "Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began, rates of infection are still at unacceptable levels.

“I came out publicly in 1976, just before the beginning of the AIDS crisis. The gay community I inhabited in those years never dreamed of marriage equality — we simply wanted to live, and to stop the terrible epidemic that kept killing our loved ones. We’ve come a long way. But as we celebrate these victories, we must also come together and redouble our efforts to end H.I.V. Only then will we truly have won freedom and equality.”

To read the full op-ed, click here.

Source: Elton John AIDS Foundation

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