Posted by: Catherine Lugg | March 23, 2011

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

Today we learned of the passing of Elizabeth Taylor from congestive heart failure. Famous for her beauty, serial marriages, and love of bling, she had an acting career that spanned 7 decades. While I was never a fan of her acting (the early scenes in “Cleopatra” are howlers because of the southern accent), I was and remain a HUGE fan of her AIDS activism. In the mid-1980s, when no one gave a good god damn that gay men, injection drug users, and Haitians were dying in droves from AIDS, she raised money for medical care and research, and insisted that politicians focus on AIDS and stop being so hateful.

So “thank you” and “godspeed” Dame Taylor. You led the fight against elite ignorance and disease, becoming a patron saint of AIDS activism.  It is a courageous legacy, indeed.

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