From left to right: Mark S. King, David Furnish and Elton John
HIV survivor, activist and blogger Mark S. King celebrated his 60th birthday in December with a live evening featuring Elton John singing “Happy Birthday” and raising funds for a national network of longtime survivors.
The event, dubbed “Mark S. King’s 60th Birthday Bash,” raised over $ 20,000 for the Reunion Project, which has provided support and community to those living with HIV for many years.
Those who honor King, the blogger behind My fabulous illness, included John and her husband, David Furnish; Broadway star Javier Munoz; Olympian Greg Louganis; Tom Viola of Broadway Cares; and a “cavalcade of longtime survivors, community leaders, advocates and allies,” according to one. post on King’s website. Comedian Charles Sanchez hosted.
The event “was one for the ages,” King wrote. “Or the elderly, if you enjoyed the many jokes at my expense about hitting the Big 6-0.”
King, who tested positive for HIV in 1985, has worked for several AIDS service organizations, including the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AIDS Survival Project, and AID Atlanta. His blog has received awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalist and GLAAD, and he has been nominated for Out of 100 in 2020 by Outside magazine, a sister publication of More.
The video of the event is below.