NEW YORK — One of the most enduring myths in gay popular culture is that of late disco diva Donna Summer calling AIDS “God’s punishment” on the gay community. While the singer denied saying such a thing, and apologized to the gay community for any hurt feelings, the tale lived on for decades.
According to POZ, a magazine for and about people with HIV/AIDS, a letter the singer sent to AIDS activist group ACT UP in the 1980s, only now being published after the singer’s tragic death last month, paints a fuller picture.
In the letter, the singer denies having made the alleged statements in her Village Voice interview, goes on to note her long-standing relationship with the gay community, and closes with a Bible verse from 1st Corinthians 13,“… Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
Read the entire letter at POZ.com.