Out actors Jonathan Groff and Tituss Burgess are joined by other celebs such as Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Emerson and Meredith Viera for a PSA that aims to “inspire, inform, and reignite the passion and action needed to beat the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all.” The video, the latest effort from the ongoing collaboration between GLAAD and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, begins with the late iconic entertainer delivering the impassioned, call-to-arms speech she gave to a worldwide audience at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Groff, Burgess and the others weigh in on why Taylor’s message is still vital and the search for a cure is ongoing.
“The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with GLAAD. Their organization was created to respond to misinformation in the media about HIV and AIDS at a time when conversation in the zeitgeist about the epidemic was very high, but understanding of the virus was very low,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “Today, it’s the opposite. Conversation about HIV and AIDS is barely discussed in individual circles and has comparatively fallen out of the news cycle. This is despite the fact that the U.S. has not seen a decrease in new infection rates in nearly two decades.”
Watch their urgent message below.