Singer Sir Elton John on Saturday declared that opponents of gay rights were losing and supporters were winning.

John and his partner David Furnish on Saturday were honored at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 18th annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C.

In accepting the group's 2014 National Equality Award, John pledged to help the HRC in its campaign to expose anti-gay activists who are taking their rhetoric abroad.

“I'm sick and tired of being told that I am less than because I'm a gay person,” John told the crowd, estimated at over 3,000. “The dominoes are falling, we are winning. And we have a long way to go but we are winning and we will win.”

“And look at the 34 states [that] now allow marriage in America. The haters are not winning. The lovers are winning,” he said.

John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation with Furnish in 1992, also said that it was up to the gay community to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, saying we had reached a critical moment in the fight.

“This is the critical moment in our fight and so many of us don't seem to care, even in our own community. Especially in our own community,” he said, noting the devastating toll the epidemic has taken on gay and bisexual men.

“We must put the same kind of resources and dedication and creativity that we put into the battle for marriage equality and apply it to the fight to end AIDS. … Just like 30 years ago, if we don't lead this fight, no one will. Because the truth is, [it's] up to us to end AIDS. It's really up to us.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)