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Pierre Bergé (1930-2017)
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 10, 2017) On September 8, 2017, Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s longtime companion, died at the age of 86 and after a lengthy illness. Both men fought for LGBT subjects for many years, in France and internationally as well. Among other things, Bergé had founded the activist group Sidaction during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s and the Têtu magazine.
Together with Yves Saint Laurent, Bergé had built their immense fashion empire. Sait Laurent was the creative part, and Bergé the businessman. Shortly before Yves Saint Laurent died, the two became legally partnered (PACS) in 2008.
On March 31, 2017, Pierre Bergé married Madison Cox, president of the foundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent.
Pierre Bergé and his role in the fight agains AIDS
Beginning in 1985, Bergé launched several organizations focusing on the fight against HIV/AIDS and on the scientific research in this field. He donated a good part of his fortune to Sidaction and other organizations.
Not only was Bergé interested in fashion but also in the arts, theater, opera, literature and media. He invested a good part of his wealth in his cultural interests.
In 1995, he founded the glossy gay magazine Têtu, which he then sold in 2013 after many years of losing money.
He also was a co-founder and co-owner of the TV station Pink TV before it moved on to showing gay porn exclusively.
Unfortunately, Bergé was known and infamous for a number of missteps in the media. He made inappropriate comments and comparisons not just once, and he frequently ranted and raved about journalists, critics and authors if he did not like their works.