AIDS Walk LA: Supportive Stars

In true LA Fashion, the LA AIDS Walk this weekend was a star-studded event with dozens of celebs in attendance showing their support for a cause that really hits home.

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La Toya Jackson turned out in support of the event. Jackson, who has gained more visibility since the passing of her brother, Michael, said “I told (walk organizers) if they ever need anything, I’m here.”
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There were over 40,000 participants in this year's walk, a number that continues to grow each year.
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Zelda Rubenstein of Poltergeist has been coming to the walk since the very first one. She has seen the event grow from 4,500 to 40,000 participants.
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Aaron Carter took a video of the huge crowd in attendance. The sea of participants stretched for miles down the street.
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Desperate Housewives stars Kathryn Joosten and Felicity Huffman spoke at the opening ceremonies. Huffman, who participated in the 6.2 mile walk called it "a powerful, wonderful thing."
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George Takei, pictured here with AIDS Walk creator, Craig Miller, spoke at the event, framing the walk as not only a philanthropic effort, but a battle for equal rights.
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of AIDS events and LGBT causes, commented on the success of the walk both in LA and nationwide.
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Weeds star Mary Louise Parker, pictured here with co-star Hunter Parish, welcomed walkers and supporters to the event.
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An advocate of youth HIV education programs, Parker said of kids today, "They feel like they’re immune to it. I feel like they’re not as afraid as we were. I think that’s something that kids should be educated about.”
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Ricki Lake was at LA AIDS walk with Marie Da Silva, a CNN Here Award recipient for her AIDS activism both in the US and Africa.
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Tony Award Winner, John Lloyd Young, performed You'll Never Walk Alone at the opening ceremony. "It's such an inspiring song," he said.
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Young said that perseverance is vital to a successful fight against AIDS. "It’s something that falls out of a news cycle but it’s something that you can’t stop doing the research on and you can’t stop trying to eradicate the disease.”
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City Councilman, John Duran, waved to walkers as they began their trek. As one of the few HIV Positive elected officials in the United States, the walk had a special meaning for him.
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Actress Pauley Perrette has been an outspoken advocate of marriage equality. "I refuse to shut up about it-refuse," she said.
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Transgender Dirty, Sexy, Money actress, Candis Cayne, lent her support for AIDS Project LA.
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Desperate Housewives actor, Charlie Carver, said, "I think being a part of building awareness and standing up and being part of the community of LA at large is something I really want to do."
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