A new PSA from GLAAD and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation asks a simple but important question about HIV and AIDS: Why aren’t we talking about it?
The PSA is the second video as part of a campaign highlighting the unfinished work left in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. The previous PSA was launched in October of last year and was a call to action to continue the fight against the disease that has taken millions of lives.
Both ads invoke Elizabeth Taylor’s famed speech at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute concert.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said of the campaign,
“GLAAD was founded in order to combat the sensationalized media coverage surrounding the HIV and AIDS crisis in the 80s, and we have been committed to this cause ever sinceThis campaign will help bring more awareness HIV and AIDS and remind everyone that we have the power to end this epidemic in our lifetime.”
The PSA features Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Tituss Burgess, and Daniel Franzese, who point out that even 20 years after Taylor’s historic speech, an estimated 1 in 5 gay men in major U.S. cities are living with HIV, and that today, we have the tools to make HIV history. The PSA will air on Logo beginning today.
Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation added,
“HIV infection rates are up 133% in last decade among young gay men. It’s troubling that 1 in 3 gay men have never had an HIV test. We must find new ways of raising awareness in order to reach this community and inform them of the tools available to prevent new infections. We are so fortunate to have the support from Logo as well as our incredible partners at GLAAD on this PSA campaign.”
Watch the stirring video, below.