London Mayor Sadiq Khan Reflects on London’s First HIV/AIDS Memorial

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Mayor Sadiq Khan recently announced funding for London’s national HIV/AIDS memorial, aiming to honour lives lost and combat discrimination associated with the virus. 

Planned for delivery by 2026, the memorial prompts critical reflection on the epidemic’s impact and the ongoing fight against stigma. 

Khan emphasised progress in transforming HIV while acknowledging persistent challenges. The memorial, a collaboration with AIDS Memory UK, seeks to foster conversation, education, and empathy in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

In a recent interview with GAY TIMES, Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed hopes that the memorial can help create discussion around the AIDS epidemic, shedding light on its history and the realities faced by those living with HIV in 2023 and beyond.

Khan announced a £130,000 funding contribution from the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm towards the construction of the memorial. 

Underscoring both the progress made in transforming HIV from a death sentence to a manageable condition, he acknowledged enduring stigma and discrimination – highlighting the need for ongoing education and advocacy efforts.

Mayor Khan expressed his conviction that London’s memorial, though long overdue, will serve as a beacon of hope and enlightenment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. 

The artist commissioning process for the memorial is currently underway, with City Hall collaborating closely with AIDS Memory UK, the driving force behind the project, to bring this vision to fruition.

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