Gery Keszler revealed a secret at Gustav Klimt inspired Life Ball 2015

2015-05-19 20:26 | Comments: 0

The founder of the Life Ball, Gery Keszler, revealed in an emotional speech that he was one of the very first, infected by HIV/AIDS. Best pics of the golden Life Ball inside this post.

Photo credit: Ellen von Unwerth (poster)

Life Ball 2015 poster with Conchita Wurst as Gustav Klimt's Adele @ Gerngross shopping center. Conchita Wurst photographed by Ellen von Unwerth.

Bigger-than-life Life Ball poster with Conchita Wurst as Gustav Klimt's Adele in the Gerngross shopping center.

Hi, Gery Keszler, the founder of the Life Ball, once more reminded us that the Life Ball is not just a big party, but it also has a serious cause.

Gery opened his emotional speech with devoting this year's Life Ball to a recently departed, close friend, who died of AIDS. Hardly recovered from the tears and only moments later he surprisingly revealed for the first time, that he himself had been infected by HIV thirty years ago in his twenties. He was one of the very first HIV positives in Austria.

I think this really shocked a lot of people, but at the end of the day it is not so surprising. Kudos to Gery for coming out with this now and I believe it gives him and the Life Ball even more credibility. What surprised me, however, is that he kept this a secret for more than 30 years.

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Gery Keszler's emotional speech @ Life Ball 2015

Gery Keszler's emotional speech

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Moderator Alice Tumler and actor Jürgen Maurer @ Life Ball 2015

Moderator Alice Tumler and actor Jürgen Maurer

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Charlize Theron @ Life Ball 2015

Special guest and Oscar winner Charlize Theron

Photo credit: Life Ball © Rainer Gregor Eckharter

Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier was the host of this year's fashion show.

Photo credit: Life Ball © Rainer Gregor Eckharter

Red carpet outfits @ Life Ball 2015

The style of the 23rd Life Ball was positioned around Gustav Klimt, Adele, Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring), and Vienna Secession, which gave the event its iconic, golden appearance.

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Rubberik latex outfits @ Life Ball 2015

Latex Life Ball outfits by Rubberik :P

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Golden angel @ Life Ball 2015

Photo credit: Life Ball © Rainer Gregor Eckharter

Golden warriors @ Life Ball 2015

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Carmen Carrera in gold @ Life Ball 2015

Carmen Carrera in gold

Photo credit: Life Ball © Christian Leitner

Yasmine Petty @ Life Ball 2015

Yasmine Petty at the Welcome Party

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Opening ceremony of the Life Ball 2015

Opening ceremony

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The Life Ball 2015 stage in front of the Vienna City Hall (Rathaus).

The Life Ball stage was inspired by "Wiener Secession", a museum and building of contemporary art in Vienna.

Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo credit: Life Ball © Jürgen Hammerschmid

Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

Photo credit: Life Ball © Jürgen Hammerschmid

Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

Photo credit: Life Ball © Jürgen Hammerschmid

Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

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Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

Photo credit: Life Ball © Jürgen Hammerschmid

Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

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Fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier @ Life Ball 2015

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Dita von Teese @ Life Ball 2015

Dita von Teese

Photo credit: Life Ball © Raimund Appel

Carmen Electra @ Life Ball 2015

Carmen Electra

Photo credit: Life Ball © Jürgen Hammerschmid

Conchita Wurst performing her new song Firestorm @ Life Ball 2015

Conchita Wurst closing the show with her new song Firestorm.

Photos courtesy of Life Ball | AIDS Life.

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