AIDS Activist Honored For Leadership
Posted by pozlife on March 27, 2008
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: March 27, 2008 – 1:00 pm ET
(Los Angels, California) AIDS advocate Gregg Gonsalves has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the $100,000 John M. Lloyd AIDS Leadership Award.
An AIDS activist for 17 years, Gonsalves has played a major role in international efforts to accelerate AIDS research and improve access to lifesaving drugs. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he coordinates a regional AIDS and TB treatment advocacy program.
Gonsalves coordinates regional AIDS and TB treatment literacy and advocacy programs for the AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa, a network of African AIDS and human rights organizations. He is also a founding member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, a network of more than 1000 people from 125 countries advocating for universal access to HIV/AIDS and TB treatment.
Gonsalves was formerly Director of Treatment and Prevention Advocacy for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and co-founder of the Treatment Action Group, both in New York City. Prior to that, he was a member of the Boston and New York chapters of ACT UP.
The John M. Lloyd Foundation was established in 1991 by John Musser Lloyd to seek creative, compassionate, and courageous solutions to the root causes of the AIDS epidemic. Each year, the foundation awards approximately $400,000 in small grants to groups and organizations.
This is the first leadership award it has given/
“We created this award to recognize and support the ‘unsung heroes’ of AIDS activism, and Gregg certainly fits the bill,” said Melanie Havelin, Executive Director of the John M. Lloyd Foundation. “Gregg’s visionary work on behalf of people living with HIV has had a major global impact.”
Zackie Achmat, founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa, said, “Gregg Gonsalves is one of the most remarkable leaders and activists I have met in the HIV epidemic … He is comfortable speaking to presidents, international agencies, and community leaders. Gregg assisted the Treatment Action Campaign in conceptualizing our national treatment literacy campaign and continues to support its work together with major advocacy efforts in the Southern African region.”
Gonsalves also received kudos from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Gregg Gonsalves is a most distinguished HIV/AIDS and human rights activist. His impact on the HIV research and public policy agenda in the United States has been profound,” he said.
Larry Kramer, celebrated author and AIDS activist, said that Gonsalves is “the absolutely best person in this world to exemplify leadership and activism and brains and talent and expertise, certainly in the field of HIV/AIDS but in anything.”