Elton and David Furnish have received the Global Impact Award at the British LGBT Awards.
They were honoured for their EJAF work at the ceremony, which took place online due to coronavirus restrictions.
Elton commented: ''This has been an unprecedented year and we know that some of the hardest-hit individuals and communities are those in the LGBT community.
''You're isolated, living in fear or living with violence because of who they are and who they love, and this is unimaginably tough.''
He added; ''We believe more than anything that you deserve the right to choose who you love and to love yourself for who you are, no matter where you are in the world.''
The songwriter concluded: ''Thank you so much for tonight's recognition and honour and we promise that we won't stop. Say it loud, I'm gay and I'm proud.''
David stated: ''We are proud to be working right here at home in the UK for this community as well as in over 25 countries around the world.''
He also said they won't ''leave anyone behind'' and that they want ''a future where people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities have the opportunity to live free from HIV discrimination, injustice and mistreatment.''