The POZ 100: 51 to 75
51. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Newly headed by Margaret McGlynn—the woman who brought the HPV vaccine to market for Merck—IAVI is an incredibly well funded vaccine super house. The AIDS vaccine has long eluded scientists, but as is true with cure research, recent scientific breakthroughs have opened up new avenues and provided rationale for stepping up spending and collaboration. Show us the money, Margie.
52. “In the Life”
A news program that produces change through innovative media that exposes social injustice by chronicling LGBT issues, In the Life is one of the few media outlets in America willing to take on tough and slippery topics like AIDS stigma or the criminalization of people with HIV. We are grateful that they regularly ask us to comment on air. And we appreciate the chance to use a platform with such journalistic integrity to help enlighten the masses.
53. I Stay Healthy
The new iPhone and Android app to help people living with HIV keep track of their lab results is a joint effort between POZ and developer Peter Schmidt. Yes, we’re shamelessly promoting ourselves. But we don’t make any money from the app. We put our name on it because we are in the business of giving out—for free—the essential information and tools for people to stay healthy and thrive.
54. La Toya Jackson
On the last season of Celebrity Apprentice, Jackson chose AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) as her charity to carry on the AIDS work of her brother Michael. She may not have won, but in one episode she raised $65,000 for APLA and in doing so won the hearts of many. She continues to raise awareness and dollars for AIDS charities. We’re sure Michael would be very proud.
55. Sir Elton John
Through his eponymous foundation (the Elton John AIDS Foundation) John has used his worldwide fame to help raise more than $225 million for HIV/AIDS. Stars flock to his annual Academy Awards viewing party—this year it brought in $4 million for the cause. We also admire him for making those who get involved accountable. EJAF is suing Spencer Lodge, a Dubai-based banker who allegedly pledged (but never paid) $1 million to the foundation in a charity auction bid. We hope the sun never goes down on John’s advocacy.
56. Sheila Johnson
As the cofounder of Black Entertainment Television, Johnson underwrote the creation of The Other City, an important documentary about the HIV rates in the District of Columbia. A bold move for someone so high up the ladder in corporate America, to be sure. We appreciate her courage and how she leverages her position and talents in the media to make the world open its eyes to the reality of HIV. Looking forward to her next move.
57. Paul Kawata
The effervescent, colorful and fashion-forward Kawata leads the National Minority AIDS Council in its educational and policy work. When not banging on doors on Capitol Hill, he and his staff orchestrate the United States Conference on AIDS. In between those things, he pens his famous “ramblings” or “musings” (sent to the NMAC e-newsletter members), helping us all understand the complexities of AIDS policy and budgets in a fun-to-read way.
58. Michel Kazatchkine
As the executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Kazatchkine manages one of the largest relief funds for AIDS worldwide. It has spent more than $13 billion since 2002, and Kazatchkine has committed to spending about $9 billion more. The Global Fund recently came under fire when an independent panel concluded in January 2011 that the fund needed to reform internal grant management and adopt better financial safeguards. Since then, Kazatchkine has guided the organization through some tricky waters, and it seems like they’re out of the dire straits. This past summer, Germany was back at the table, and other nations were talking about ponying up again.
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