General Article London should have an AIDS memorial – and the Assembly just voted to support it

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The UK has no national memorial to victims of the epidemic.

By Sian Berry

I was very happy to see the London Assembly unanimously back the idea of a national HIV/AIDS memorial in London this week.

The idea for a national memorial to recognise those who died from HIV and AIDS was revived by Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) and they have been leading the campaign to make this memorial a reality.

The concept has been talked about for years, and meanwhile many other cities worldwide have finished and opened similar memorials, most recently New York. 

Now GMFA, in conjunction with the UK HIV sector, have revived the campaign and obtained thousands of signatories for a petition. I was proud to propose a motion to the London Assembly last month.

To get this passed unanimously is a strong statement of political support, which will add to the growing momentum behind this idea.

The long list of supporters collected by GMFA so far stretches from clinicians who worked through the epidemic, activist...

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