The Elton John AIDS Foundation Wednesday announced a new grant-making partnership supported in part by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The two foundations have awarded a combined $315,000 in grants to six organizations addressing the AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States.
The projects being supported include:
- The only LGBT center serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in eastern Virginia;
- A Birmingham, Alabama center providing a safe, supportive and affirming space for LGBTQ youth;
- A Georgia-based advocacy center focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on young black gay men;
- The only program providing prevention, education, counseling, testing, and referral services to high-risk gay and bisexual men in rural northeast Oklahoma;
- A health navigation program connecting HIV-positive black men in rural Mississippi to the care and treatment they need; and
- An Atlanta-based community organization engaging transgender people of color, the larger LGBTQ community, and supportive allies to advocate for the end of policies that criminalize HIV/AIDS.
“Because of poor access to HIV testing and health care, many people living with HIV in the U.S. South enter into treatment when their HIV disease is much more advanced and find it difficult to remain on treatment. As a result, the U.S. South has the lowest rates of successful HIV treatment in the country,” said
Chairman David Furnish. “This is particularly true for LGBTQ individuals and black Americans living in the southern states. We are therefore profoundly grateful to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for joining with us to fund the innovative work of these grantees.”
“Far too many people are denied equal rights and equal access to health care in this country, especially in the Southern U.S. This new grant-making partnership will help to address the serious inequities that exist in the provision of education, diagnosis, and treatment of the people most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS,” said Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Managing Director Joel Goldman. “We at The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation are thrilled to join the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help right this imbalance and fight against this deadly disease in the hardest-hit areas and populations in the U.S. South.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation was established by Dame Elizabeth Taylor in 1991 to raise funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to provide assistance for those living with the virus. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation provides financial support for organizations and entities both within the United States and to over 33 countries internationally.