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Watch: Neil Patrick Harris and Tituss Burgess front Elizabeth Taylor HIV ad campaign

Nick Duffy April 27, 2016
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Neil Patrick Harris and Tituss Burgess are two of the stars involved in a new Public Service Announcement raising awareness of HIV/AIDS.

GLAAD today announced it would be partnering with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) for the new PSA.

The PSA, set to air on Logo TV, features a clip of Elizabeth Taylor’s speech at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – with stars asking why we aren’t talking about the one in five gay men in US cities living with HIV.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said: “”GLAAD was founded in order to combat the sensationalized media coverage surrounding the HIV and AIDS crisis in the 80s, and we have been committed to this cause ever since.

“This campaign will help bring more awareness to HIV and AIDS and remind everyone that we have the power to end this epidemic in our lifetime.”

The PSA features four out stars: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls).

Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, added: “HIV infection rates are up 133% in last decade among young gay men.

“It’s troubling that 1 in 3 gay men have never had an HIV test. We must find new ways of raising awareness in order to reach this community and inform them of the tools available to prevent new infections.

“We are so fortunate to have the support from Logo as well as our incredible partners at GLAAD on this PSA campaign.”

GLAAD was originally founded in 1985 – in response to the New York Post’s “grossly defamatory coverage” of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It now works on LGBT issues across all media.

Related topics: AIDS, Elizabeth Taylor, Gay, HIV, LGBT, neil patrick harris, Tituss Burgess, US

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