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Meet Lee

Meet Lee

Lee Hey there! I’m Lee Thorpe Jr, AKA Sassmaster 3000, from Long Island! I am the Health Educator/PrEP Liaison for North Shore LIJ’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric HIV, and I am, also, a Sociology Graduate Student. I deliver health education workshops, offer free HIV testing, conduct pre-screenings for PrEP, and read anything sociological related to issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and culture. I guess you can call me a geek! #instageek I chose “Sassy” as my word because as a survivor of a hate crime, I use sass as one of the many tools from my artillery belt. Back in the spring of 2010, three men assaulted my ex and I because we are gay, and were holding hands. You could tell the police
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Lee

By: Thomas Evans
November 12th
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Meet Nick

Meet Nick

Nick  My name is Nick Dantuono, and I work as a Peer Navigator for Long Island's Pride For Youth organization. As a Peer Navigator, my mission is to enhance the health and wellness of the LGBTQ youth through outreach, supportive services, and educational workshops on PrEP/PEP, STI and HIV awareness. I am from, and currently live in Long Island, New York. My word, Confidence, is something that I, along with many LGBT youth, have struggled with for a long time. After coming to terms with my sexual orientation, I discovered the self-assurance that had been vacant for a number of years. For me, being HIV equal means that we should detach the negative stigma affiliated with the HIV virus and that we should all be self-confident,
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Nick

By: Thomas Evans
November 12th
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Meet Brandon

Meet Brandon

Brandon Recent graduate of William Paterson University. I love to feel awesome, and since awesome is my empowering word I want others to feel awesome! I want to do it all from entertainment PR to modeling to writing and publishing magazines... I just need to find my square one to start from. I am from Hillside, NJ I am HIV equal because I know that there is a huge stigma against people with the disease. My paternal uncle had HIV and sadly I never had the chance to be close to him since his relationship with my father was estranged before I was born. I would hear from my family how he lived a life judged by his disease which really hit close to heart for me. I feel as if no one should be judged by the things they have no control of. I am
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Brandon

By: Thomas Evans
November 3rd
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Meet Jason

Meet Jason

Jason  I am from Cape May, NJ and I am alive! Life is a common bond all humans share. We need to live each day to the fullest and treat everyone around us with love.  After college, I would like to work in public relations for an LGBT health organization. Testing is important because it helps people make educated decisions about their health. I started using PrEP this July. It was really easy to get,  I went to an LGBT health center and my insurance covered it, so I was lucky. I get tested every three months so I can have control over my health and let my partners make informed choices. That is why I am HIV Equal.  #iamhivequal #hivequal 
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Jason

By: Thomas Evans
October 25th
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October 25th
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Meet Mo

Meet Mo

Mo  I was born in Egypt but live on campus at WPU. I came out recently on National Coming Out Day on Facebook and to the world. I remember when I did, my best friend asked me why now why a video, what motivated you? I said I don't know. I felt it was time to make it physical and put it forth to the world after the bad physicality of disapproval from my parents over the summer. I chose the word "Fierce", not because of its ferocity or how it is used in the LGBT world, well that is a part of it, but for everything that I have gone through. I am not saying my struggle is worse than others but I have endured so much physical and emotional disapproval that I have now shed all the negativity and rose from the ashes like a phoenix and become a new me.
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Mo

By: Thomas Evans
October 22nd
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Meet Ronnie

Meet Ronnie

Ronnie  I am the Outreach and Testing Coordinator for HIV Equal.  I also do outreach for PrEP.  I have been taking PrEP for over 6 months now. Every 3 months I have blood work done to see if I am healthy, STI Free and still negative.  I offer people the facts about PrEP and recommend them to a doctor in their area.  I found that Grindr and Adam4Adam are the two best apps to get the word out. I grew up in New Fairfield, CT. and I am now living in Danbury (5 minutes apart).  I have been volunteering for the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years.  When I came out of the closet everyone was really cool and accepting of it, in fact they love to hear about the stories of my weekend adventures.  Currently I am Captain of the
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Ronnie

By: Thomas Evans
October 19th
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October 19th
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Meet Brant

Meet Brant

Brant  My name is Brant Miller, and I work at The DC Center for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community, which is DC's local LGBT community center. I am the Program Manager, and I do a bit of everything. I am from, and currently live in, Washington, DC. Currently I'm working towards a Certificate in Nonprofit Management as well as a Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University. I chose the word "playful" because I like to bring a bit of lightheartedness to everything that I do. I think that serving the community can be challenging work for everyone, and a bit of humor can help ground us and clear our minds to envision the future we're working towards. To me, HIV Equal means an ideal world
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Brant

By: Thomas Evans
October 13th
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Meet Jaquan

Meet Jaquan

Jaquan   I am HIV Equal. I was born and raised in Washington, DC.   I'm a model; I just began modeling this year and I enjoy it very much. I'm a musical jukebox; I love all kinds of music and I couldn't imagine a life without it.  I really love to dance and I really love Zumba.  A year ago I took a class and I loved it so much that I got certified. Now I am a Zumba instructor.  Along with meeting tons of amazing people there, I even found love in Zumba and we're almost on our 11 month anniversary.  He was there for me when I had just come out of the closet and felt so alone and hopeless; he's my knight and shinning armor and I just couldn't live without him.  I chose the word "Unpredictable" because you never know what to expect from me.  I
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Jaquan

By: Thomas Evans
October 13th
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Meet Timothy Ray Brown

Meet Timothy Ray Brown

Timothy Ray Brown  Is considered to be the first person cured of  HIV/AIDS . He was born in 1966 and is originally from  Seattle, Washington . He was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 and began  antiretroviral therapy . In 2006, Timothy was diagnosed with  acute myeloid leukemia  (AML). His physician arranged for him to receive a  hematopoietic stem cell transplant  from a donor with the "delta 32"  mutation  on the  CCR5  receptor. Timothy received two stem cell transplants from one donor  homozygous  for the delta32 mutation: one in 2007 and one in 2008.  Timothy stopped taking his antretroviral medication on the day of his first transplant. Three months after the first stem cell transplant, levels of HIV rapidly
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Timothy Ray Brown

By: Thomas Evans
October 8th
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Meet Clifton

Meet Clifton

Clifton  Originally from North Carolina, but DC has been home for over four years. I have a great career working in higher education. My word is Festive because I always have a positive outlook on life and live life to the fullest. For me HIV equal means that everyone has an HIV status and it does not define who you are as a human being. It is important to be knowledgable of your status and be educated on HIV.
By: Thomas Evans

Meet Clifton

By: Thomas Evans
October 7th
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