ATLANTA -- Keith Gann, described as an AIDS victim from St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday night delivered an emotional plea to the Democratic convention on behalf of others afflicted with the deadly disease.
'I am not a victim.
I cannot think of myself as a victim and survive,' said Gann, one of a number of speakers on issues raised in the Democratic Party platform.
He urged delegates not to 'divide the world into us and them,' saying victims of acquired immune deficiency syndrome are their brothers, friends and neighbors.
'Please join me in remembering those who have died and loving those who are alive,' Gann said.
He called specifically for ending discrimination against people with AIDS, increasing support for research, making alternative treatments available to sufferers and assuring that AIDS patients are not 'forced into poverty in order to obtain medical assistance.'
Gann also called for ending 'discrimination against gays and lesbians which has created this epidemic.'