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HIV Funding from Lil Was X & Elton John at Oscar Post Party
Lil Nas X Teams Up with Gilead COMPASS Initiative® to Raise Nearly $500,000 for Community Organizations Addressing HIV in the Southern United States
  Launched in 2017, COMPASS helped more than 200,000 people access quality healthcare and other HIV services and trained 10,000 people to build organizational capacity and become HIV leaders and advocates
March 29, 2022 - Gilead COMPASS Initiative® (COMPASS) today announced that rapper Lil Nas X's Montero baby registry raised nearly $500,000 for COMPASS grantees - community organizations on the frontlines working to address the growing HIV epidemic in the Southern United States. The baby registry was launched last September to celebrate the Grammy award-winning rapper's debut album Montero and included 13 COMPASS organizations whose efforts are helping to combat the HIV epidemic in a region responsible for 51% of new annual HIV cases despite making up just 38% of the U.S. population in 2019.
The announcement comes as newly released CDC data showed that HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black people more than others due to several barriers and inequities, with 52% of Black adults diagnosed with HIV residing in areas with potential negative effects on communities caused by external stresses on human health as measured by the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).
[ CDC - Black people accounted for 13% of the U.S. population but 40% of people with HIV in 2019, according to CDC estimates. - A CDC report published today, ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, finds 52% of Black adults with diagnosed HIV resided in areas in the country with higher Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) scores-often residentially segregated communities comprised predominately of Black people. Gay and bisexual men continue to account for most new HIV infections (66%), and disparities in HIV remain severe among some racial and ethnic minority groups. Black or African American people (hereafter referred to as Black people) face rates of infection that are eight times as high as White people, and Hispanic/Latino people face rates that are almost four times as high. Hispanic/Latino people can be of any race.The report underscores the continuing, urgent need to address the social determinants that contribute to disparities and better deliver HIV prevention and care to people who need it most....A separate report by New York State health officials and CDC found, in the state of New York, that COVID-19 vaccination coverage was lower among adults with HIV than the general adult population; and that Black people with HIV were among groups with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination coverage.]
"I'm so thankful to everybody who donated to my baby registry and joined me in helping to transform all of these communities in the South," said Lil Nas X. "Together we are giving much-needed resources to those who need it most - especially those impacted by HIV - and also helping inspire the leaders who are constantly fighting for HIV education and awareness."
"Donations from the Montero baby registry will have a direct impact on communities affected by HIV and we're deeply thankful for Lil Nas X and his sustained advocacy for HIV awareness and education," said Dr. Shanell L. McGoy, Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Giving at Gilead Sciences. "The Gilead COMPASS Initiative® is committed to supporting the work of community-based organizations working around the clock to address HIV-related stigma, increase access to resources that support wellness and encourage leadership and advocacy across the Southern United States. The baby registry donations are a welcomed and added boost for our grantees."
Arianna's Center - a South Florida-based organization that engages, empowers and uplifts the Transgender community of South Florida - was one of the COMPASS grantees selected by Lil Nas X for the Montero baby registry.
"When people like Lil Nas X use their platform for good, they have an enormous impact on the advocates and service providers who are working on the ground to destigmatize HIV and support the most vulnerable in our communities," said Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, founder of Arianna's Center. "Seeing the baby registry donations pour in from across the country has been incredibly validating and we've been able to put the money towards additional education, employment, immigration and healthcare programs and services for the Transgender community in South Florida."
Last year, in its fourth round of funding, COMPASS awarded 29 organizations $2,875,000 as 2021 Transformative Grant Partners working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States. The initiative grew significantly, with the selection of new grantees, inclusion of organizations with a specific focus on addressing HIV in rural regions and faith communities and expansion of the program to three new states - Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Launched in 2017, COMPASS helped more than 200,000 people access quality healthcare and other HIV services and trained 10,000 people to build organizational capacity and become HIV leaders and advocates.
27 March 2022
Los Angeles
The 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party took place Sunday, March 27, at West Hollywood Park, LA, hosted by 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/actress Lady Gaga, Emmy®, Tony®, and GRAMMY Award-winning artist Billy Porter and Emmy® Award-winning actor Eric McCormack, alongside CEO of Rocket Entertainment and chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation David Furnish. The star-studded gala featured a sparkling performance by six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Brandi Carlile and raised $8.6 million for the Foundation's lifesaving work to end AIDS.
Among the crowd of supporters, the Foundation welcomed Demi Lovato, Kevin Costner, Zooey Deschanel, Donatella Versace, Fran Drescher, Patricia Arquette, Christina Hendricks, Chris Pine, Lucy Hale, Heidi Klum, Chris Sullivan and Chrissy Metz, Andrew Rannells, Sofia Richie, Liam Payne, Beck, Bobby Berk, Emily Hampshire and other distinguished guests. To the delight of the attendees, Elton John joined via satellite from his rescheduled Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stop in Lincoln, Nebraska, to express his appreciation for their support and treat the crowd to a special performance of "Your Song" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Guests were also treated to Limited Edition Elton John Eyewear "GOLD DUST" frames sold exclusively at Walmart in partnership with Elton John AIDS Foundation, to wear alongside Elton during his live-streamed performance. Capping off the evening, guests were treated to a full performance by Brandi Carlile and a duet with surprise guest artist, Jake Wesley Rogers, who covered Elton John's classic song, "Rocket Man."
The 2022 Academy Awards Viewing Party aligns with the 30th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and also marks the Foundation's return to live events. Since the gala's inception in 1992, the Party has supported the Foundation's efforts by raising more than $86 million for its lifesaving programs. All funds raised support the Foundation's network of partners and local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections and provide treatment, as well as influencing governments to end AIDS.
"I'm so grateful to my friends Lady Gaga, Billy Porter and Eric McCormack for joining David in hosting such an incredible evening, and of course Brandi Carlile for bringing down the house with an electrifying performance. Most of all, I'm thankful to all who attended and participated to ensure that we can continue our lifesaving work to end AIDS. I could feel the love and support all the way from Lincoln, Nebraska!" - Elton John Chef Wayne Elias and Crumble Catering designed and prepared the dinner for the evening, and the live auction was hosted by Simon de Pury. During the high-energy live auction, one of the highest selling lots represented the ultimate fan journey from past to present: two lucky winners received one of Terry O'Neill's iconic images from the 1975 concert, and VIP tickets to the final Dodgers Stadium performance this November, Elton's final performance in the U.S. Adding to the excitement was the sale of an original Andy Warhol, which depicts one of the most famous icons of New York- the Statue of Liberty.
"Even though Elton was not able to be with us in person, we were so happy to bring Elton to the Oscar Party while he performed live from Nebraska," says David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. "It was an especially unforgettable and emotional evening with our sons in attendance for the first time. They made their fathers extremely proud representing our family at the Foundation's most important night of the year!" "What an incredible way to mark our 30th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party! A truly memorable evening which was record breaking," says Anne Aslett, CEO of Elton John AIDS Foundation. "Thanks to the amazing generosity and compassion of our attendees, we can continue supporting lifesaving programs across the globe to challenge HIV stigma, prevent infection and provide treatment to those who need it most."
Presenting Sponsors of the party included Neuro Brands, Elton John Eyewear, a Walmart exclusive; Christian Lundberg & R. Martin Chavez in partnership with Equality Utah; Bob and Tamar Manoukian. Co-Sponsors included Cadillac, Gilead Sciences, Robert K. Kraft, The Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, and M•A•C VIVA GLAM. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for their continued collaboration, and our official airline partner, American Airlines.

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