The AIDS Ribbon

“The Red Ribbon was created by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991, as a symbol of support and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers. This simple 6 inch ribbon folded in half was made so that anyone could wear it to show their support, however when Elizabeth Taylor pinned one on, it became an internationally renowned symbol of AIDS awareness.  Ms. Taylor was rarely seen without a red ribbon, and we are forever grateful for her activism, dedication and compassion in the fight against AIDS,” ~Nelson Santos, Executive Director of Visual AIDS, creators of the red ribbon, launched at the Tony Awards in 1991. Photo credit: Reuters.