Paris Hilton apologizes and says gay people are the strongest people she knows

Paris Hilton released an apology following media reports about comments she made about gay men. Hilton's comments were made during a conversation with a gay friend when part of the comments were recorded by a New York cab driver, then released through Radar Online earlier today.

She released the following apology to GLAAD:

 

As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning. I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.

HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women. It's something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.

Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know. It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that. Again, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart and I feel absolutely horrible. I hope that everyone can accept my apology and know that it is not who I am or how I feel in any way.

Thank you for taking a minute to read this, I love you.

 

Paris is right that HIV/AIDS can affect anyone. Over thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, better education around HIV/AIDS is still needed by much of the public and the media.

We urge everyone to take a look at the history of AIDS activism, the subject of powerful and gripping new documentary, How to Survive a Plague, which opens in select theaters this weekend.  You can read our interview with director David France, or find out more on their Facebook page. It's a film that people of every generation should make a point to see.

And if you want to get more information, volunteer with an HIV/AIDS service organization in your community, or learn about other ways you can make a difference, check out these organizations

GMHC in New York City (Gay Men's Health Crisis)
AIDS Project Los Angeles
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Foundation Houston
Philadelphia FIGHT

Find HIV/AIDS service organizations in your state (via TheBody.com)

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