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Bernard Jackson

How Did I Get Here?

Let's Keep It Moving!
May 21, 2012

After years of working with the LBGTQ community, I have found that we get things started. Be it activism fighting HIV/AIDS, homelessness, drug abuse -- we get things started. However, my experience has taught me that, after some time, we turn to other issues, away from what is important. We have a problem keeping it moving. We have programs that have fallen by the wayside because of a lack of peer leadership among community-based organizations.

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How Did I Get Here?

Bernard Jackson

Bernard Jackson

Bernard Jackson is an HIV prevention and education specialist working with youth in Northern Virginia. He's also a Face to Face speaker, sharing his story of living and thriving with HIV. When he speaks, as when he sings, his goal is to make audiences feel and empathize. He shares wise and unique perspectives on love ("I have had a few people say, 'I know that, to a lot of people, you identify as being gay, but I know that you were married. So what do you consider yourself?' I just say, "'I'm human, and I'm looking for love.'"); laughter ("I think laughter and happiness can pull you through, and do a lot of things with your immune system, and with your spirit, and with your body."); work ("When I speak in public, I think, How can I make this as melodious as possible? How can I use my words to bring a song to your life?"); and many other aspects of life, in hopes of helping readers to see things a little differently.

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This Positive Life: An Interview With Bernard Jackson (May 14, 2012)

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