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Sir Elton John and her husband David Furnish are sending a positive message during a difficult time.
They delivered a heartfelt speech at the 2020 British LGBT Awards on Friday, where they received the Global Impact Award for their work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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“This year has been unprecedented,” John said, beginning his remarks. “And we know that some of the hardest hit people and communities are those who live in the LGBT community, who are isolated, live in fear or live with violence because of who they are and who they love. And it is incredibly difficult. “
He added, “We believe, more than anything, that you deserve the right to choose who you love and to love yourself for who you are, no matter where you are in the world.”
Furnish went on to discuss how their foundation started “at a kitchen table in Atlanta” over 20 years ago.
“Since we started, we have funded all HIV initiatives in the UK,” added John.
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“We are committed to leaving no one behind, and we will not,” Furnish continued. “We want a future where people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities have the opportunity to live free from HIV, discrimination, injustice and abuse.”
John continued, “Thank you very much for the recognition and honor this evening and we promise we won’t stop.”
He finally signed off by telling viewers, “Say it loud, I’m gay and I’m proud!”