The Elton John AIDS Foundation is extremely pleased that the United States Government has taken another important step in recognizing LGBT rights as human rights. By appointing a Special Envoy dedicated to this purpose, Secretary Kerry has added weight, focus and attention to America’s efforts to promote fundamental fairness and equality worldwide.

As the Secretary said in his statement, “too often, in too many countries, LGBT persons are threatened, jailed, and prosecuted because of who they are or who they love.”

“This not only inhumane and unjust, it seriously undermines our collective effort to end AIDS by driving many of those in need underground and away from essential treatment and prevention services, " said Elton John. “Human rights and public health are not at odds but in synch in the global fight against AIDS. If we are to seize an AIDS free generation, we must respect human rights and leave no one behind.”

EJAF commend Secretary Kerry for his unwavering leadership and commitment to human rights, including LGBT rights, worldwide, and for taking action that helps move this vital principle from paper to practice. The Elton John AIDS Foundation looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Secretary, the Congress, and now with Special Envoy Randy Berry on this life-affirming and life-saving work.

Source: Elton John AIDS Foundation

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