Out singer Elton John this week called on the inclusion of the LGBT community in the fight against AIDS.

“You leave no one behind in the human race. You include them all. If you don't, this campaign to end AIDS will be a disaster. All the ground work, all the wonderful scientific work, all the hard work on the ground from countless people all over the world will count for nothing, because if we leave these people behind the disease will spread further and further and further,” John said while speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

John is a prominent AIDS activist. In 1982, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised more than $200 million to help end the disease.

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On Wednesday, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV as the inaugural recipients of The LGBT Fund, which aims to combat stigma, discrimination and violence faced by the LGBT community.

“We're going to put [this money] to good use,” John said. “We're going to help all the LGBT people in countries that find it very difficult to be LGBT to know that we are on their side. We will fight for them. We will fight for their rights, their human rights, their health, everything. We will be there for them, and we will battle every step of the way.”