What the Experts Are Saying About Moving Beyond HIV Stigma

In our roundtable discussion, experts urge a better understanding of the epidemic among African-Americans.

BY Andrew Harmon

April 30 2012 4:03 PM ET

Roundtable experts:

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills serves as the advisor for LGBT policy and racial justice at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, D.C. She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under Forty” national gay and transgender leaders by The Advocate, and as one of THE ROOT 100’s emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. Aisha was a key strategist and spokesperson that in the coalition leading the marriage equality campaign to victory last year in Washington, D.C. She and her wife pen the political and lifestyle blog Living, Loving, and Laboring OUT Loud.

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks is the executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering black LGBT people. NBJC provides leadership at the intersection of national civil rights groups and LGBT organizations, advocating for the challenges and needs of black LGBT people and communities that are often relegated to the sidelines. NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully-empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Since 2006, A. Cornelius Baker has served as the national policy advisor for the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, an initiative committed to improving the health and well-being of black gay men through advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and leadership development. In October 2006, he joined the AED Center on AIDS & Community Health as a senior communications advisor and is co-director of the Be the Generation Bridge, a project to engage communities in biomedical HIV prevention research. From 2000-2004, Baker served as the executive director of Whitman-Walker Clinic, the leading provider of prevention, treatment, research and social services to people living with HIV in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Hutson W. Inniss is the executive director for the National Coalition for LGBT Health, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the vice president of community and organizational development for Tapestry Health, Inc. (a Coalition member) where he served as the project director for its Among Men/For Men Project. Inniss also served as a founding member of the Massachusetts Commission for GLBT Youth and the Pioneer Valley Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

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