Elton John in Concert at The Royal Opera House in London - January 28, 2011
by lindastcyr
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Sir Elton John has made it well known that he is in the fight against AIDS. He has hosted numerous benefits to raise awareness about the deadly virus, launched a foundation to support research for new treatments, and become one of the most outspoken celebrities on the topic of HIV/AIDS.

At the Sydney Opera House in Australia the knighted singer spoke with passion during a World AIDS Day event. He called those who stigmatize AIDS as a gay disease, “fascists and idiots.”

His exact words were, “If we can de-stigmatise this disease once and for all, we are really going to beat this disease. This is not a f**gots’ disease anymore. This is a worldwide disease that affects everybody. Let’s get rid of this disgusting stigma and get these people who are such fascists, such idiots, to understand that people have a right to live with dignity.”

John made it clear to government leaders that the time to get rid of this disease is now. He told the audience, “We can’t let go now. It’s imperative we seize this opportunity where the end is maybe in sight to keep going. We need the backing and confirmation of global governments to say once and for all let’s get rid of this disease when we have a chance to. And we do have the chance.”

Elton John’s dedication and devotion to fighting AIDS has been palpable since he began his quest in 1993 when he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation. His foundation has raised more than $200 million since its inception.

“People have a right to live, a right to live with dignity. We’re all treated equal and it is about time Australians got the same sex-marriage together as well,” he told the audience.

His harsh words for those who stigmatize AIDS come at a time when the Australian government is under pressure to decide whether to overturn a national ban on same-sex marriage. Australia placed a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 and does not recognize any foreign same-sex married couple as actually being married.

John has been with his husband David Furnish since 1993 and entered into a civil union with him in 2005. The couple has had a child through a surrogate mother and have attempted to adopt a young child from an AIDS orphanage in the UK. Sadly, the John was denied adoption of the little boy because of his age and because of his sexuality.

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Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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  • snowisfun

    Elton John’s predictable & unsure why Ecorazzi comments on topics unrelated to green news. But here’s my view. If a homo is going to be risky, take part in promiscuous sex & not use condoms, then I don’t sympathize with him if he gets AIDS, just as I don’t sympathize with straights who get VD after a man has sex with many women & doesn’t use condoms. Elton John himself is a recovered drug junky.

    But homosexuality & GID (sex changes are worse) are bad in & of themselves. What they must do is find a cure for homosexuality & lesbianism no matter why it happens. Why people turn out gay & lesbian is the same as why people get heart attacks & cancer. Some turn out gay & lesbian because of sex abuse & 33% of gays report being homosexually raped in youth-these people are gay behaviorally speaking though homosexuality’s not true orientation. Then there are people who take part in gay & lesbian activities because of biological defect such as birth defect if it’s inborn or hormonal defect-scientists don’t know. If a woman smokes marijuana while pregnant, the likelihood is more that the baby will turn out gay or lesbian-this is speculation. If true then fetal alcohol syndrome & pot smoking by pregnant moms may cause homosexuality. American Indians have higher homosexuality rates maybe it’s linked to marijuana & peyote smoking by American Indian women while pregnant. Anyhow, drugs are gay & now we can know why pot & tobacco are sometimes called fags.

    • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

      @ Snowisfun.
      Thanks for sharing your homofobic viewpoint. I hope you stick on this forum and will give also your other viewpoints, we all can do with a good laugh.

      @Elton John.
      Thanks for being passionate and telling how it is, and a topic like this NEEDS *harsh* words, because people are still dying and suffering unnecesary of this disease.

      Couldnt adopt ? WTF are these people thinking, why they refuse the adoption ? hey think that little kid is better of in an orphanage than to be with two loving people with enough stability and the cash to take care of such a child ?

  • snowisfun

    Herwin, your thoughts noted. Being against homosexuality is the same as being against drug use & I’m proud to be homophobic. Elton John is a recovered drug junky & alcoholic. Homo&lesbian activities are useless in & of themselves. Also I have commented on other topics here so I’m not a newby. It’s best for homosexuals & lesbians to become celibate-that would bring down AIDS.

    • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

      @Snowisfun.
      thanks for the reply. You should get your facts “straight” though. (no pun intended)
      Facts : most people dying of aids aren’t gay people, they are simply uneducated and misinformed *straight* people in underdeveloped countries like in Africa and Asia, misinformed by their governements and by their religious leaders like the pope, and a drug industry that refuses to produce medicines for an affordable price.

  • snowisfun

    Herwin, Elton John was a drug junky & recovered alcoholic-his views on AIDS is worthless & useless-maybe the drugs he used in his youth damaged his thinking or possibly caused his homosexuality. I know about AIDS in Africa & as said, if straight people take up risky activities & get VD or AIDS, then I don’t feel sorry for them. But just because straight people sometimes take up risky activities doesn’t change the fact that gay & lesbian activities are bad for health. Also it’s not Judeo-Christians & Moslems who see something wrong with homosexuality. I’m a non-religious person-my parents were Indian Hindus but I myself am non-religious & I see something wrong with homosexuality & I’m against sex changes-GID is worse than homosexuality.

    Herwin, I used to be neutral on homosexuality but in 2005 I changed it to thinking it’s best a cure is found for it no matter why it happens. Those who take part in gay & lesbian activities have higher copathologies such as drug junkyism, anti-social conduct, suicides, domestic violence, etc. Most violence against gays whether it’s assault&battery to murder happen to be domestic violence cases such as gay kills gay lover during quarrel but those cases get local press coverage. If a straight man kills a gay man, then it gets national press coverage because it’s strange & odd. I’m against starting fights but if a gay is going to be anti-social such as grab a man’s butt or groin against will (assault&battery), then a man has a right to use just force to self-defend. If the man reacts by bashing or killing the gay, then yes, it maybe excessive but the man overreacted to a crime the gay did. Also proposing to some1 (both gay or straight) repeatedly after they’ve said no is harassment. Most gay bashings when done by straight men (which again are few cases which the press covers) happen because the man reacts or overreacts to abuse the gay 1st did but it’s politically wrong to say this.

    As it’s about AIDS, I’ll repeat that if a homo’s going to have sex with many men & not use condoms, then I don’t sympathise with him if he gets AIDS, esp. if the gay uses drugs during sex. He took the risk & 1 of the risks of promiscuity w/o condoms or even with condoms are Venereal Disease (I like the old word VD) & AIDS. Yes with AIDS, babies sometimes get the disease from their moms & people sometimes get the disease from tainted blood transfusions. But homosexual AIDS victims are just not sympathetic victims as they knowingly took the risk. Your turn Herwin.

    • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

      Is this what homosexual people have to face everyday ? Hateful and narrowminded bigots like “Snowisfun” ?
      OMG !
      This really opens my eyes !
      My deepest respect for everybody who has to fight for his sexuality and has to deal with crazy idiots and fascists like Snowisfun on a daily basis. YES u r a fascist, Snowisfun, instead of giving a helping hand to people who dont do you any harm, you stump them with your ignorant nazi boots into the ground, even when they are dying !!!
      ELTON JOHN You Rock and thank you for being outspoken and ITS EASY TO SEE why the Queen Of England Knighted you !!

  • snowisfun

    Herwin, if I’m a Nazi Fascist because I’m against homosexuality, then being a Nazi isn’t a bad thing-I don’t want to exterminate Jews, so if a Nazi is simply being against homosexual & lesbian activities, then I must be a good Nazi. Being bigoted against gay & lesbian activities is the same as being bigoted against drug use. Elton John, the junky & alcoholic. You want to bring down AIDS, then gays need to quit homosexuality:) I don’t think most gays & lesbians choose their orientation, but they do have a choice as far as their sexual behaviors are concerned & until a cure for homosexuality is found, it’s best for them to be celibate & not have a sex life.

  • snowisfun

    Herwin, when you can’t think of anything, you call me & others who see something wrong with homo&lesbian activities as Nazis, bigots, homophobes. You’re not saying much new which I haven’t already heard. But again, I used to be neutral on the gay topic but in 2005, I changed my view to now believing that homosexuality & lesbianism need to be cured. Did I find bigotry later in life? The fact is that homosexuality & lesbianism’s often the result of something bad esp. sex abuse. 33% of gay men were homosexually raped in their youth & it doesn’t take an expert to know that something as traumatic as sex abuse can mess up the mind & for some impact adult sexuality. If the speculation is true that smoking marijuana during pregnancy causes homosexuality & lesbianism in fetus, then it justifies calling marijuana a fag. But the name calling that you, Elton John & others do on the homo topic is typical when you can’t think of anything. Your turn, but I don’t think you’ll raise much which I haven’t heard before because you’re writing to some1 who used to be neutral to even agreeing with you mostly on the homo topic but not anymore.

  • LittleMe

    How about a cure for stupidity, snowisfun? I wouldn’t even know where to begin in picking apart your ridiculous comments. I can laugh at the things you’ve said and, as I’m not homosexual, I can’t really take offence. I hope any gay or lesbian readers of your posts realise that the majority of sane and educated people don’t hold such views. As for considering being called a Nazi a compliment, that is just plain sick.

  • Funinsnow

    Elton John's a recovered drug junky & drunkard's lectures are rubbish. As to homosexual AIDS victims, if they're going to be risky by having sex with many (incl. using drugs) & not use condoms, then I have no sympathy for them. I know people will predictably talk about straight AIDS & Venereal Disease (VD the old word's better) but again, I don't sympathize with a man who has sex with many women w/o condoms (even with condoms risks are there) & then gets VD. Sure there are risky straights but homo&lesbian activities are bad in & of themselves.

    What gays & lesbians need to do is quit their sexual activities. They must find a cure for homosexuality no matter why it happens & they must abolish sex change maimings. It has been speculated that if a woman smokes marijuana during pregnancy, that it may raise likelihood of baby taking part in gay & lesbian activities in adulthood. If this is true, then it puts meaning into why pot is sometimes called a fag. 33% of homomen were homosexually raped in youth, so yes, if some1 is sexually abused repeatedly in youth, it can damage the mind & cause some to take part in gay & lesbian activities vs. if they weren't abused. So homosexuality is result of biological defect possibly birth defect if it's genes & it's the result of sex abuse esp. homosexual rape. Cure homosexuality & drugs are gay.

  • Funinsnow

    They should cure homosexuality no matter what the causes. I'm not religious & I see something wrong with same sex behaviors. I used to be neutral on homosexuality until 2005 but since then believe in curing it. Namecalling such as bigots, fascists, homophobe, etc. are something expected by gay groups when they can't come up with anything so Elton John's comments are bunk. American Indians have higher homosexual rates & this maybe because marijuana & peyote smoking during pregnancy happens which deforms the baby. If there is a gay gene, then it would be homosexuality is a birth defect. People who take part in gay & lesbian activities have higher copathologies incl. obesity, drunkardism, junkyism, anti-social conduct, etc. Homosexual & lesbian activities are useless & worthless so it's best to find a cure for this.

    • don miguelo

      Wow…no.
      Got any legitimate sources on those stats you are citing? Didn't think so. I remember you posting this questionable, boilerplate opinion before on other posts about this issue. Arguing against your 'points' would give them un-earned validity, so I'm not bothering.
      Maybe you could spend you're time focusing on Elton's words: “This is a worldwide disease that affects everybody”, and really consider that before posting these trying-to-be-persuasive-by-sounding-like-the-clinical-authority” type of posts?

      • Funinsnow

        Proof drugs are gay, here's a link Illegal drug use higher among gays
        http://www.gscene.com/national/Illega...… – Cached

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        1. i am not gay but i firmly can say you are a bigot and a homophobe. your nonsensical reasoning is the proof.
        2. IF (a hypothetical IF) gay people have a higher rate of drugabuse and anti social behaviour (as if you can measure that scientificaly) MAYBE its because hateful bigots like you made their lifes miserable. Being bullied as a child and a teenager for being gay, i can imagine such a kid might turn its back on normal society and i wouldnt blame him.

        Anyway, your bigoted and hateful days are long over, once your views were the norm, now your views are viewed upon as low, wrong and something we have to get rid of ASAP.

      • Funinsnow

        Herwin, it's predictable you'd say that 'homophobia' drives gays to commit suicides, anti-social conduct, etc. I think the reason is it's because of homosexuality itself.

        Herwin, you're not saying anything much I haven't already thought of because I used to be neutral on this topic. Even on 'gay bashings', almost all the violence against gays are domestic violence assault&battery. But a cure for homosexuality could eventually be discovered. If science finds a cure for this, then the topic of homosexuality is a moot point. The world's better w/o same sex conduct & w/o sex change mutilations.

  • Nathan Mutch

    Funinsnow – Are you mentally handicapped because that is the most retarded statement I have ever heard? At first, I figured you were a religious nut because they are the only ones crazy enough to make such an outlandish statement. Homosexuality occurs in almost every species. Also, pot is not called a “fag”. Cigarettes are called “fags” in England you dolt. It is too bad they can't cure stupid because you are a prime candidate. Please, climb back under the rock you crawled out from. Or better yet, walk on a busy highway with your eyes closed.

    • Funinsnow

      Nathan Mutch, I'm not a Judeo-Christian nor am I Moslem. I'm again a non-religious person who is against homo&lesbian activities & who is against sex changes-GID is worse than homosexuality. Next time ask people what their religion if they speak against homosexuality than just assume this is their faith. I know fag can be used to refer to cigarettes but Fag can also be used to refer to marijuana. The best way to reduce junkyism is to call dangerous drugs-marijuana, peyote, cocaine & Meth as homosexuals & Injuns with Slogans like drugs are for Injuns & homos. It's not surprising that apologists for homosexuality would condemn me & what junky Elton John says is no surprise. I used to be neutral on homosexuality but to repeat, in 2005, I changed my view to believing it's best to find the cure for homosexuality-be it drug, surgery or pill to do so. Your turn, but you're not going to say anything I've not considered because when you can't come up with much new, you use personal attacks.

  • Funinsnow

    Nathan Mutch, I'm a non-religious person who opposes homosexuality so yes, there are non-Judeo Christians & non-Moslems against homosexuality. My parents came from Hindu India & I'm a non-religious Hindu. Cannibalism is also found amongst animals such as bears, domestic cats (who eat their dead),but we don't say that this is acceptable for people. So I don't care if homosexuality is found in nature-the world's a better place w/o same sex conduct & w/o sex change maimings. Homosexual AIDS victims have nobody but themselves to blame. & yes, fag can be used to refer to marijuana as it can to refer to tobacco. Gay & lesbian activities are worthless & useless. BTW, I am pro-abortion if it can be predicted an unborn baby would be a homo. But you need to discard the idea that it's only the religious nuts who oppose homosexuality. I won't deny that my views are more likely to be followed by Judeo-Christians & Moslems vs. non-religious, but there are non-religious people who are against homosexuality & GID. The next time you talk to some1 who says they're against homosexuality, please ask them if they base it on religion before you talk about religion. Elton John by the way is a recovered junky & drunkard.

  • Funinsnow

    There is speculation that marijuana smoking during pregnancy may cause homosexuality/lesbianism in babies. I admit it's speculation & there isn't any proof to back this. But if it's true, then it puts meaning into why marijuana (like tobacco) can be called a fag & the slogan drugs are gay would have validity. Elton John's a junky, so his lectures are worthless. But I don't know why Ecorazzi is so busy promoting the homo agenda. Homosexual & lesbian activities don't result in procreation. Sex is supposed to be limited to penis-vaginal sex between man & woman or no sex @ all. Sex changes are mutilations. Just because homosexuality is found in animals doesn't change the fact that homosexuality is bad. Cannibalism is found amongst bears, cats & other species. If male Silverback gorillas, langurs, baboons or males of other species want to start families, if they come upon a female with young, they'll kill or drive out the female's young & mate to start their own family. Does Nathan Kutch then believe men should have the right to kill a woman's husband & kids to start his own family because that's found among animals? Rodents sometimes eat their young & domestic cats sometimes eat their dead kittens. Does Nathan Kutch believe people should have a right to cannibalism because animals do it? Nathan Kutch talks rubbish. Homosexual & lesbian activities are worthless & it's useless to sanitize it. Again, I'll repeat that my views are not based on any religion as I'm a non-religious person, so there are non-religious people such as me who oppose homosexuality.

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    • don miguelo

      Now there is some intolerance I can support!!! Thanks, ecorazzi!
      Great Job Elton on this de-stigmatization push, obviously (and unfortunately) there is still a need for it.

    • don miguelo

      Now there is some intolerance I can support!!! Thanks, ecorazzi!
      Great Job Elton on this de-stigmatization push, obviously (and unfortunately) there is still a need for it.