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Ubuntu Project

Guy Anthony (Activist, Community Leader and Writer)

Guy Anthony (Activist, Community Leader and Writer)

poz.com. He is currently a brand ambassador to ViiV Healthcare, one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Anthony is also on the board of directors for the ADAP Advocacy Coalition, and works closely with the University of the District of Columbia’s HIV/AIDS program, Campaign 9:30. As part of his HIV/AIDS advocacy, Anthony wrote “Pos(+)itively Beautiful: A Book of Affirmations, Advice & Advocacy,” a guide to living with HIV for newly diagnosed Black gay men. “I wanted to tell our stories from a place of vitality and not morbidity,” he told the Ubuntu Biography Project. You can view the guide on Anthony’s website or purchase it on Amazon. In 2011, Anthony co-created and hosted a YouTube Series, “MR,” named for Marlon Riggs. “A dear friend of mine and I were both living in Atlanta, and decided to create something different for Black gay men. We focused on literature, current events, HIV/AIDS, STIs, mental health, art, and safety.” Due to a lack of funding, the series ended after three seasons, but can still be viewed on YouTube. In 2015, Anthony launched the Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation, a two-fold intermediary organization that provides scholarships to Black gay men attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). The organization also partners with Gay-Straight Alliances at high schools and HBCUs to help LGBTQ young men of color ease the transition from high school to college. That same year, Anthony was included in the National Black Justice Coalition’s 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch. Anthony makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, and describes himself as “probably the oldest 32-year-old I’ve ever met.” On any given Friday, you can find him at a piano bar in the Village, taking in live jazz. He frequents Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and enjoys “wandering aimlessly” around New York City. According to Anthony, whenever he is “in a funk or lost in my thoughts of confusion,” he breathes and repeats: “Do your own thing, on your own terms, and get what YOU came here for.” He adds, “It is incredibly liberating to be able to turn tragedy into triumph, and be lauded for it. I do 100 percent of the work that I want to do, and when there is something I want to do more, I simply create it.” We thank Guy Anthony for his fearless advocacy and unwavering support of our community.]]>

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