Adrian Neil Jr. is a St. Louis native who completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University with a concentration in Dance and Choreography. A few years after receiving an AIDS diagnosis (in 2009) Adrian began doing motivational speaking (2012) at various high schools, universities and programs on the local and state level. Adrian joined the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC), a project of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, as the Outreach Services Specialist focused on you Black MSM. Adrian continued this work as a Disease Intervention Specialist at Columbus Public Health focusing on young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). In this role he was charged with providing HIV/STI testing, conducting outreach and providing various programs that would empower YBMSM to be holistically well. Currently Adrian Serves as the Community Programs Manager for the Ohio AIDS Coalition developing, implementing and overseeing programs geared towards HIV positive Ohioans and HIV/AIDS professionals. He also is the founder and CEO of the Poz Life of Adrian and the CEO of Helping Us Emerge, a leadership development program for LGBTQ people of color to be launch in 2017. Adrian is a sought after speaker and presenter, a NMAC youth scholar, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and has received many accolades from colleagues and community members. One of Adrian’s goals has been to change the mindset, attitude and/or general behavior patterns of the communities around me about HIV/AIDS and empowering young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) to live holistically well but as he grows in his career and in life, this is CHANGING. He is no longer as concerned with HIV among the Black community, specifically YBMSM but more so
concerned with the equal treatment, development, and overall holistic health of LGBTQ people of color.
Presentation: Where Are We? A Discussion on the State of LGBTQ People of Color in Leadership
Time: Breakout Session 1
We know that there is a lack of LGBTQ people of color in leadership roles and we also know that LGBTQ people of color often have a harder time advancing to leadership roles unlike their white counterparts but yet there is still a huge disparity. Often times people of color are asking themselves “Where Am I?” when looking at their leadership chart and feel discouraged or a lack of support. Also as it relates to the field of HIV and/or LGBTQ Health, LGBTQ people color are often tokenized and given outreach/entry level positions but hardly ever given an opportunity to advance. Some may argue this is due to systemic racism, lack of outreach to LGBTQ people of color or the lack of support for LGBTQ people of color in predominately Caucasian organizations. This facilitated panel discussion will seek to not only bring awareness to this disparity but strategize on what community members and organizations can due to ensure they are inclusive of LGBTQ people of color in leadership roles.
1. Participants will explore the barriers that LGBTQ people of color face when attempting to be in leadership positions.
2. Participants will be able to identify barriers that LGBTQ people of color face when already in leadership positions.
3. Participants will be able to identify various tools and techniques needed to ensure that organizations are inclusive of LGBTQ people of color in leadership roles.