She "stood up for what she believed in, living boldly and courageously," Tivey said about his grandmother.
Elizabeth Taylor was the matriarch of a big family in addition to her acting prowess and Hollywood stardom. Taylor had four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was married eight times. Quinn Tivey, a grandchild of Taylor and the son of Hap Tivey and Liza Todd, showed a particular interest in one of his grandmother's passion projects, according to BestLife. Tivey carries on his grandmother's HIV/AIDS activism, which she started during her lifetime, as a way to commemorate her. While Tivey may not have the same purple-hued eyes as his grandmother, he definitely inherited Elizabeth Taylor's famously intense blue gaze. Tivey has the same lovely black crown of hair that his grandmother had, and it perfectly frames his light skin and angular features. Nevertheless, it is impossible to ignore these two's eyes when comparing their similarities.
Quinn Tivey, Taylor's 35-year-old grandson, spoke about his efforts to continue his grandmother's legacy by working with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) with PEOPLE. According to the foundation's website, ETAF was established in 1991 to "provide direct care, along with love and moral support, to the most vulnerable patients." In 1985, Taylor co-founded The Foundation for AIDS Research and actively pushed for the government to take action to address the crisis. Tivey is currently an official and an ambassador for ETAF, and he has said that the fight against HIV/AIDS will always be a "vital" part of her legacy. When Tivey and his cousin Tarquin Wilding were asked to participate in an event in Taylor's honor shortly after her death in 2011, Tivey made the decision to become more involved with ETAF.
In order to modernize the laws that target persons living with HIV, Tivey stated that ETAF has a new program called HIV Is Not a Crime. This shall tackle the outdated laws and stigma towards people living with HIV. Outdated rules that were passed decades ago out of fear and stigmatization of HIV-positive persons have not been updated to reflect contemporary research. These unfair laws serve as roadblocks to advancement by encouraging stigma and prejudice. With the correct drugs, HIV-positive individuals can successfully become non-transmittable due to undetectable viral levels. Despite this, people who have HIV are charged with crimes and treated like criminals in more than 30 states. Tive also said that the work being done through the HIV Is Not A Crime program, "would have made his grandma incredibly proud."
Tivey wrote to PEOPLE saying "I know grandma would be proud." Tivey claimed that as a child, he was unaware of the impact his grandmother had. He told Town & Country in 2017 that he "always just knew her as grandma." Adding that she was the kind of lady he could speak with while watching movies in bed. She "stood up for what she believed in, living boldly and courageously. She would never buckle under pressure, and she certainly would not support the status quo if the status quo didn't feel right," he wrote.
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