Elton John Has Best Motivation For Writing New AIDS Book
We love it when a celebrity uses his name and influence to make a positive and healthy difference in the world.
The legendary pop superstar, Elton John, has announced that he is writing a new book that will be a personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic while helping to dispel some of the long-standing stigmas and social barriers. And, given his history, we can't think of a better person to do this.
In LOVE IS THE CURE: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, the “Rocket Man” will discuss is his friendship with Queen's lead singer, Freddie Mercury who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991, and his friendship with Ryan White, a teenager who became a “poster child” for HIV/AIDS after he was banned by his school because of his condition. Apparently, John was with White when he died in 1990 at the age of 18.
With this kind of insight and experience, John certainly has the best motivation for wanting to change the way the world sees AIDS. His publishers are calling it a “very personal story of … Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly.”
Currently, an estimated 34 million people worldwide reportedly have HIV (a 17% increase since 2001), and this is a disease that John is focused on “curing” not just through medicine, but through changing social attitudes:
This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer — and to help change — by writing this book.
The book is due out in July, and all proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation–a charity he founded 20 years ago to help fight the disease.
Way to go, Sir Elton John.