“A pioneer in his work, Dennis deLeon has left a legacy in the LGBT community, the HIV/AIDS community and the Latino community. His work in each community was valiant and he was one of the hardest workers and most committed people I ever had the privilege of working with on any issue.

“He touched countless lives – from his days as a young attorney helping migrant workers in California to his building of the Latino Commission on AIDS into a powerful force in the fight against HIV/AIDS. During his time as the Human Rights Commissioner he called attention to pervasive discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations suffered by those living with HIV/AIDS.

“Dennis deLeon inspired so many to continue his work in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. He was a friend, a mentor, an advocate, a trailblazer and a hero he will be truly be missed.”