Almost 2.8 billion people are living in countries where identifying as gay could lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or even death. In stark contrast, only 780 million people are living in countries where same-sex marriage or civil unions are a legal right.
Liz and Joan Rodriguez wanted to get married in Florida, and together, raise the child due to be born any day now. But the state of Florida blocked their path to marriage and an aggressive cancer took Liz's life.
"We need the same coalition that brought about marriage equality — from gay activists, human rights champions and social justice advocates to legal experts and courageous policy makers — to address the spiraling AIDS crisis again."
“LGBT people are routinely spiritually, emotionally, and even physically harmed by the rhetoric that originates in church pulpits and seeps into playgrounds, classrooms, workplaces, and even into dinner table conversations.”
The unrelenting tenacity of the Ebola virus - like HIV/AIDS - has taught us much about the preciousness of life, and about the various faces - across race, class and gender, country and continent - who wore and continue to wear the face of this disease.