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Philip and Justin B. Terry-Smith: Positive Parents

By Robert Breining

December 18, 2012

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Philip and Justin B. Terry-Smith

On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. EST, Philip and Justin B. Terry-Smith shared about the love they have for each other and what it is like to be parents.

Justin B. Terry-Smith, 32, has been an HIV and gay civil rights activist in the Washington, D.C., area since 1999. An Air Force veteran, he was honorably discharged with awards and decorations in 2003. He has served and volunteered in several organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, Black AIDS Institute, Equality Maryland, Whitman Walker Health and the National Black Justice Coalition. Justin writes and has written for many organizations and publications including Black AIDS Institute,,, Baltimore Gay Life, POZIAM Radio and Swerve Magazine. He resides with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith in Laurel, Md. Justin created "Justin's HIV Journal" to advocate for HIV/AIDS education, prevention and awareness. In his journal he tells people about the trials and tribulations of living with HIV/AIDS. He is also a correspondent for GLO TV. He is also the author of the HIV-themed children's book, I Have A Secret, which is a story about a young boy living with HIV. Justin also presently writes an advice column called "Just*in Time" for A&U, America's AIDS Magazine and is working on his HIV campaign called "Write A Letter to HIV." He also is in graduate school for his master's in public health.

Philip B. Terry-Smith, Ph.D., Th.D., LPC., is in private practice as an executive and personal coach, counselor and organizational consultant. He has worked with many diverse populations and settings, noted for using creative approaches to help organizations and individuals meet and overcome challenges and has thus made a career of human service management and consulting. He has taught at all levels (graduate and undergraduate) for the many years in "non-traditional" and "brick and mortar" schools, including a 10-year stint at a high school. As a product of distance learning, he is most comfortable in that environment. He is on the boards for the Atlas Performing Arts Center and is vice chair for APAC Manager. He is a commissioned officer in the Maryland Military Department Defense Force and is senior clergy and a chaplain for his temple. When not working or volunteering, he is in studio producing music or in theater directing. His love for music and technical gadgetry presents an avocation for which he is quite fond and earned him the moniker "Dr. Gadget." He is an avid motorcyclist and is honored to ride with the Patriot Guard. He currently resides in Maryland with his spouse Justin and their foster son.

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