Elton John is known as many things — an entertainer, an activist, a larger than life figure. However, one of his biggest contributions in his career is the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).
Created in 1992 in the United States, the non-profit operates with the aim of eradicating the AIDS epidemic. Its United Kingdom counterpart was founded a year later.
The Funders for LGBTQ Issues recently recognized it as the ‘largest funder of LGBTQ health programs’ in the US. They also acknowledged it as the ‘largest HIV funder of programs for transgender people’.
On 7 November, it will hold its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
However, this year’s event is extra special as its celebrating the organization’s 25th anniversary and honoring founder Sir Elton John.
Glamorous guests and speakers include President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Sharon Stone, and others. The special musical guest is Aretha Franklin and actor Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the event.
‘At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever,’ said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell in the event’s announcement. ‘ After 25 years, EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic.
‘We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from, or what they do.’