Here To Inspire

30 Voices From the Past 30 Years

BY Advocate Contributors

November 19 2010 5:00 AM ET

30 YEARS OF AIDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR | ADVOCATE.COM “If my story can help people—anybody at all—it is positive. I’ve always tried to help people, whether it be as a gay man or a Mexican-American or now, as someone who is HIV-positive.”
1996 national champion figure skater Rudy Galindo. May 9, 2000

“Over time, while the pandemic has not left the GLBT community, it has vastly extended within the LGBT community and into other communities, including heterosexual women, the majority of whom are women of color.”
Ana Oliveira, executive director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. August 30, 2005

“At the tender age of 41—a year longer than I once thought I would live—I have never felt better. HIV transformed my life, made me a better and braver writer, prompted me to write the first big book pushing marriage rights, got me to take better care of my health, improved my sex life, and deepened my spirituality.”
Author and political pundit Andrew Sullivan. July 5, 2005

“Not until same-sex relationships are fully recognized as equal to opposite-sex relationships; not until a gay or bisexual soldier’s sacrifice is equal to that of a straight soldier; not until we put an end to the chipping away of a young boy’s self-esteem by bullying in the school yard; not until there is a time when the concern is not who we love but that we love will the stigma of HIV/AIDS fade. And only then will our nation do all it can to finally put an end to a disease that so significantly impacts gay and bisexual men and people of color.”
A joint statement by Dr. Marjorie J. Hill, chief executive officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis; Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; and Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council.  October 1, 2010

“I wonder now as I look around me, Who is going to carry my torch?”
Television personality and AIDS educator Pedro Zamora, testifying before Congress in 1994. July 7, 1998












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