Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Bill Clinton coming to National AIDS Memorial Grove

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to visit the National AIDS Memorial Grove Friday, December 1, World AIDS Day, the Bay Area Reporter has learned.

(Former President Bill Clinton.)

(Former President Bill Clinton.)

Exact details are not known, and the grove did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But two sources have indicated that Clinton will be there.

The grove typically has a public event on World AIDS Day.

The grove’s “Light in the Grove,” a fundraiser held the night before, will feature gay San Francisco mayoral candidate Mark Leno, according to sources.

As the B.A.R. reported in 2009, in 1996 the grove did gain some prominence when Congress and then-President Bill Clinton designated it a national memorial, one of only two in California. Yet Clinton never visited, nor has any president ever stepped foot in the grove while in office. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has visited the grove many times and was instrumental in seeing it designated a national memorial.

Hillary Clinton, then the first lady, did attend the ceremony establishing the national recognition of the grove.

Bill Clinton has long been an AIDS advocate, especially since leaving the White House. The Clinton Foundation has funded programs in developing countries to combat HIV/AIDS, including lowering the costs of medications for people.

The post will be updated when we get more information.

— Cynthia Laird, November 9, 2017 @ 11:13 am PST
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