Elizabeth Taylor died today at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure. Besides her infamous acting career, Dame Elizabeth was also a relentless HIV/AIDs activist who raised millions of dollars to fight the disease. Taylor helped to found the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and started the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).
The LGBT community will always remember Ms. Taylor as a true ally. David Badash quoted her from her acceptance speech at the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2000, as saying, ”There is no gay agenda, it’s a human agenda,” and, ”Why shouldn’t gay people be able to live as open and freely as everybody else? What it comes down to, ultimately, is love. How can anything bad come out of love? The bad stuff comes out of mistrust, misunderstanding and, God knows, from hate and from ignorance.”
May she rest in peace and her memory be cherished.