In his acceptance speech, Leto spoke of the AIDS epidemic and his hope that the disease would be eradicated one day soon:
“We’ve made a lot of progress in the battle against AIDS, but it’s not time to celebrate just yet. There’s no cure, the epidemic rages on. But here’s to the hope that one day, we’ll put an end of this plague, and the world will rejoice, knowing that no one will ever have to suffer the indignation of this sickness again, nor the intolerance, the fear or the prejudice that lives alongside it. Love who you want to love, live how you wish to live and never let anyone ever stop you from turning your dreams into your reality.”
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