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Sharon Stone and Friends Raise AIDS Awareness

Posted Monday June 18, 2007 4:05 PM GMT

The late motif in Hollywood seems to be using fame for the benefit of the less fortunate. And Sharon Stone, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have taken on the challenge of raising awarness of the AIDS epidemic in a very unlikely place.

The controversy over the United Arab Emirates project is that being gay is illegal. And since the UAE is so discriminatory, humanitarian efforts have been complicated. But the celebrity attention to such a cause has been very positive for the AIDS victims in the UAE.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn auctioned off a "Dubai Fantasy Vacation" for $90,000 at the high profile Cannes Film Festival last month. Sharon Stone is due to emcee another amfAR benefit at the Dubai International Film Festival in December.

With regard to the government’s unfair policy against homosexuality, "government officials discriminated against prisoners with HIV by not granting commuted sentences or parole that other prisoners with similar records had received." This has made many activists unwilling to try to work with the UAE government.

But at the end of the day, having a celebrity voice souding the bell on the behalf of the sick and oppressed in the UAE is the beginning of a much needed movement.

Enjoy the pictures of Sharon Stone at the Shanghai Film Festival on Saturday (June 16) and at a Dior Press Conference two days prior (June 14).