Podcast: Guy Anthony, ARTivist

Narita Ghumman

In this second episode of the What Works in Youth HIV podcast, meet Guy Anthony, an HIV/AIDS activist and community leader in Washington, DC. Hear about Guy’s personal and professional journeys as he navigates his way as a Black gay man. Hear about what inspired him to launch an organization for men just like himself!

Guest Bio

Guy Anthony is Co-Founder and President of Black, Gifted & Whole, a nonprofit organization launched in 2016. As a well-respected HIV/AIDS activist and community leader, Guy has designated his adult life to empowering his community and getting rid of global HIV/AIDS-related stigmas.

Guy is also the author of Pos(+)tively Beautiful: Affirmations, Advocacy & Advice, a collection of inspiring narratives, raw imagery and affirming anecdotes. He was recognized as one of the top 100 HIV prevention leaders under 30 by POZ Magazine and as one of the top 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch by the National Black Justice Coalition. Guy currently lives in Washington, DC where he is actively involved in a number of HIV-related projects, including the Ryan White Planning Council, AIDS.gov, and ViiV Healthcare.

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"I am a living proof that stigma can harm you, but the way other people feel about you can also EMPOWER you."
Guy Anthony

Show Notes:

  • [1:20] What is an ARTivist? Guy explains.

  • [3:34] Before, during, and after school, students need a sustainable pipeline of support.

  • [5:40] Guy’s take on addressing stigma, and why it’s more than a positive diagnosis.  

  • [8:55] Three things Guy does to empower his mentees.

  • [10:25] Black, Gifted & Whole, HBCUs, and Gay Straight Alliances explained.

  • [13:14] This story--about a mother and her son--is what inspires Guy to do what he does.
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