Art Jackson

New Jersey

New Jersey

Born in Orange NJ, Art has been actively engaged in the fight for equality of LBGT people of color since 1979. Starting the 1st Black Gay Support Group in High school in 1980 in Orange, NJ to being very instrumental to the founding of GMAD, (Gay Men of An early supporter African Descent) Art volunteered with GMHC in 1986 as well as volunteering at Harlem Hospital AIDS ward.

Art has used his gift of spoken word to spread a message hope, love and peace while breaking down bias, stigma and fear for those living with and affected by HIV. Art is a 31 year HIV Survivor and has been an active participant in advocacy and activism for those living with the disease and is currently working on his first published book. Art currently hosts “Artistic Expressions”, an open mic forum that uses the arts, spoken word and music to share a message of inclusion, understanding and hope with communities throughout the country and has developed several programs that address youth and community. Art believes that being engaged and working for change is vital to each day lived and works on several national programs that educate and prevents HIV/AIDS and works vigorously to “End The Epidemic.!!”