Singer, philanthropist, and gay icon Annie Lennox has been awarded the prestigious Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Livingstone Medal for her tireless efforts as an activist for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Lennox, who as one half of the Eurythmics, dominated the pop charts in the 1980s, has also previously been awarded an OBE for her work trying to prevent the spread of HIV across the world, particularly in Africa.

Though humbly describing her contribution as “small”, Lennox said she was very proud to be given the award that has previously been presented to Neil Armstrong, David Attenborough, and Sir Edmund Hillary.

“I’m truly honoured to receive such a significant and historical award as the Livingstone Medal,” Lennox said.

“There have been numerous social and medical transformations since David Livingstone’s lifetime, yet there is still so much more to do before we can see the end of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which has ravaged the lives of millions of men, women and children across every region of Sub Saharan Africa.

“My contribution has been small, but my dream would be to see the end of AIDS in the not too distant future.”

The Livingstone Medal is named after Dr David Livingstone who was a pioneer medical missionary in Africa and a crusader against slavery in the late 19th century.

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