The actress spoke at the 21st International Aids Conference opening, giving a powerful speech in Duran, South Africa.
“I have seen the impact of your work firsthand. I have been personally inspired by your commitment to this fight. Countless millions would have died without your dedication and your compassion. But I think it’s time we acknowledge that something is terribly wrong.
The real reason we haven’t beaten the epidemic boils down to one simple fact: We value some lives more than others. We value men more than women. Straight love more than gay love. White skin more than black skin. The rich more than the poor. Adults more than adolescents.” she said.
“I know this because AIDS does not discriminate on its own. It has no biological preference for black bodies, for women’s bodies, for gay bodies, for youth or for the poor. It doesn’t single out the vulnerable, the oppressed, or the abused.”
“Since the first International AIDS Conference in 1985, we have been counting up, all the way to 21. Now it’s time for us to start counting down” Theron stated.
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