What the Passing of Elizabeth Taylor Means for San Franciscans
On Wednesday March 23rd, the world learned of the sad passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, a legendary Hollywood movie star, known for her violet eyes and many husbands. However, the world lost more than just a silver screen icon. It also lost a tireless advocate for HIV/AIDS, whose foundation spoke out a time when no one else would. In San Francisco, a city hit hard by the early HIV/AIDS crisis, this meant everything. In Taylor, San Franciscans found an ally they could count on to advocate and work to help prevent the spread of this horrid disease. Her passing does not mean the end of this fight, but rather a new beginning, building off of her accomplishments.
While Hollywood may be a few hundred miles away, the work of its stars and advocates feels rather close to home.