Marvel Terry, who has been HIV-positive since 2007, has helped provide education and testing services in the South for over a decade. He also works to reduce stigma of those living with the virus through social media. He is the founder and executive director of the Red Door Foundation, a Memphis-based organization that provides health services to gay and bisexual black men.
His resume includes local groups like the MSM Task Force of Tennessee and national movements like the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative, which work toward HIV care and prevention.
In his new position, Terry will continue to provide help for at-risk minority communities in the South, with funding provided by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
"This work is personal for me," Terry says. "I don't only work hard for those who are infected with HIV like myself that feel they don't have a voice, but I also work for the millions of young people born into a world where we still have to aggressively fight HIV. I do this for my nieces and nephew and the next generation."