Pioneering AIDS physician Scott Hitt died on Thursday at age 49. Hitt served as chair of the President’s Advistory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton adminstration, and co-founded the group Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality, which has hosted numerous forums with presidential candidates.
In addition to his role as an advocate and fund-raiser for various causes, he was a mentor to many in the LGBT community in the West Hollywood area and elsewhere.
In a statement, author and political strategist David Mixner said, “Scott Hitt was a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Working with President Clinton, Scott was responsible for creating policy that saved thousands of lives. He fought discrimination and was a powerful voice within the Democratic Party. We shall miss his voice.”
Hitt is survived by his longtime companion, Alex Koleszar, and two sisters.