Marlon M. Bailey

Marlon M Bailey is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. He is also a former Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco.  Marlon’s book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, a performance ethnography of Ballroom culture, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. Butch Queens Up in Pumps was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. In 2014, it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT studies. Dr. Bailey has published essays in Signs, Feminist Studies, Souls, Gender, Place, and Culture, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, AIDS Patient Care & STDs, LGBT Health, and several book collections. Marlon’s essay, “Black Gay (Raw) Sex,” appears in No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies (Duke U Press 2016), edited by E. Patrick Johnson. Marlon is also a theatre/performance artist and recently performed his one-man show in progress, “Exploring Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS,” at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.



L. Michael Gipson

L. Michael Gipson – A writer, educator, and 24-year advocate for a host of social justice causes, L. Michael Gipson, MS is the co-founder of the Beyond Identities Community Center for LGBTQ youth in Cleveland, the Black Alphabet Film Festival in Chicago, and the Black Bear Brotherhood in Detroit. Currently, Gipson is the Founder and Principal of Faithwalk, LLC and the Urban [W]rites project. A Red Dirt Press author, Gipson serves as Editor-at-Large at SoulTracks.com and Lead Writer and Co-Producer of the PBS docuseries Indie Soul Journeys


Bryan E. Glover

Bryan E. Glover, currently Grants Director at the Bronx Council on the Arts, is a leadership and life coach, independent arts producer, and organizational development consultant. An Obie award-winning theater producer, as well as a producer of music, film and performance art, he has supported the arts and emerging artists for over 3 decades, having worked with writers, musicians, choreographers, performance artists, and theater professionals in a variety of contexts and cities. Over the past 25 years, he has worked as a manager, administrator and board member in non-profit organizations, as well as in the private and government sectors. Bryan’s spiritual growth journey over the years has involved experiences as varied as human potential trainings, shamanism, and the study of indigenous spiritual practices. Bryan is interested in the workings of community, fostering the art of conversation, and supporting people in manifesting their vision and creating the lives they desire.


Mashaun D. Simon

Mashaun D. Simon is a writer, preacher, educator, and trainer from Atlanta, GA. Mashaun centers his work around informing and empowering others as an advocate for race awareness, equity and fairness, and cultural competency. As a former contributor for NBC News, Mashaun covered topics ranging from race and racial justice, equity, faith and identity. His byline has also been seen in the Atlanta Daily World, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg News, TheGrio.com, Ebony Magazine, BelieveOutLoud.com, and Essence Magazine. He has also created and managed web based sexual misconduct and discrimination educational resources for colleges and universities in the metro Atlanta area. In addition to his diversity and social justice work, Mashaun is a licensed and ordained preacher and serves on the ministerial staff of House of Mercy Everlasting in College Park, GA. Mashaun is also a member of the Board of Directors for AID Atlanta and a member of the Advisory Board for the Counter Narrative Project.Currently, Mashaun serves as Communications Manager at Spelman College. He holds a professional writing degree from Georgia Perimeter College, a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Kennesaw State University, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

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Justin Smith

Justin Smith is a PhD student in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University. His research centers on understanding the influence of social policy and neighborhood characteristics on HIV-related outcomes for gay and bisexual men. Through this work, Justin hopes to guide the development of polices and systems that promote the health and well-being of gay and bisexual men, Black gay and bisexual men in particular.

Justin is honored to be a member of Counter Narrative Project advisory board, working alongside some of the most inspiring members of our community to uplift our brothers and build power.

Justin is proud to call Atlanta, GA home.



Robert Suttle

Robert Suttle is the assistant director of the The Sero Project, where he oversees community outreach and education and coordinates Sero's HIV Criminalization Survivors Network through support and engagement with those who have been prosecuted or at greatest risk of prosecution.Suttle is a Louisiana native and graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in business administration and management. He then embarked upon a career in the judicial system, working for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which abruptly ended when his life was nearly destroyed by a grossly unjust HIV prosecution and conviction. Instead of retreating, shortly after his release from prison in January 2011, he quickly embraced HIV advocacy and criminal justice reform with a passion and clear-eyed conviction and understanding that our level of awareness determines our destiny.  He has been living with HIV for 15 years.


Monte J. Wolfe

Monte J. Wolfe is an experienced theatre professional with an extensive background in theatre management, arts administration, and production. He has worked professionally in the DC metropolitan area since 1999. He is also a trained actor & singer with various stage, film & television appearances to his credit. He is a graduate of the Howard University Theatre Arts Department, where he earned a BFA in Theatre Arts Administration in 1999. He is the Founder, Artistic, and Managing Director of Brave Soul Collective (BSC), an arts, education, and outreach organization with a focus on HIV/AIDS, and issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ people, through the performing and healing arts. Through his work with BSC Monte has served as a producer, director, and playwright for a long list of theatrical productions and community events since 2006.