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Elizabeth Taylor Would Be Horrified With Current Rates Of HIV/AIDS Infection, Says Granddaughter

elizabeth taylorShe was a very intuitive woman and when she saw that people — friends of hers and fellow actors — were being stigmatized, she recognized an opportunity to use her voice and fame to speak up for those who were being discriminated against. Our grandmother never asked us to follow in her footsteps, especially not as actors, but not even in terms of continuing her work for HIV/AIDS after her death. She taught us by example to help others. But ultimately I don’t think so. If she were to hear that the highest rate of infection is still in young people aged between 24-35, and in particular amongst young gay men, even in this country, she would be horrified. A real complacency has set in and even before she died, when my grandmother was pretty ill, she was horrified to see that. Sadly I don’t think she had the strength to say what she really felt at that point.”

 

— Naomi deLuce Wilding discussing the AIDS activist-legacy of her grandmother Elizabeth Taylor, who died four years ago today, in an interview with The Telegraph