The global key population networks GATE, GNP+, INPUD, IRGT, MPact and NSWP mourn the untimely and tragic passing of activist, leader, and dear friend, Jude Byrne of Australia, who was taken from us too soon by cancer.
For over 40 years Jude was a leading activist for people who use drugs. She was also the board chair of INPUD, a global network of people who use drugs that fights for the human rights and dignity of people who use drugs around the world.
Jude was a passionate and brilliant activist who never hesitated to speak truth to power and fight for the rights of her community. She was an equally supportive and fierce ally to gay and bisexual men, people living with HIV, sex workers, and transgender people.
The global networks benefited greatly from its friendship with Jude. We join as global HIV and key population communities in grieving the loss of an inspiring and fearless leader. Jude’s passion and energy will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on in us and in the many lives she touched around the world.
Rest in peace, Jude Byrne!