Global-Local Connection for LGBT Rights event stirs up conversation
The Board of Directors of AID Atlanta announced on Oct. 30 that James Hughey will be resigning as CEO after less than nine months at the helm. AID Atlanta Director of Client Services Nicole Roebuck will be taking over as acting executive director.
“Hughey led the organization through a financially difficult era in 2015, turning it around to become a more stable entity financially and operationally,” read a statement released by AID Atlanta’s board. “He, organizational leadership and staff and the Board of Directors, helped shepherd the organization through an affiliation with the AHF Federa- tion, a consortium of AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community groups committed to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, advocacy, medical treatment and support for underserved populations across the United States. The recent affiliation of the two organizations has expanded the resources for HIV-positive patients in Metro Atlanta, including the ability to provide more testing and to get more people into care.”
Roebuck, a 15-year veteran of the organization, said, “We are committed to getting 100 percent of all positive Georgians into care regardless of their ability to pay for those services.”
Hughey took over from former CEO Jose Diaz, who resigned in February due to health reasons after one year at the helm. AID Atlanta became an affiliate with AIDS Healthcare Foundation in June, with Hughey telling Georgia Voice that “significant debt” was one of the reasons.
When the programming board of the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights walked out of its August meeting, it carried a list of three areas to focus on in the years ahead: criminal jus- tice and safety, education and employment, and public health and wellness. On Nov. 2, the Institute held its first public event addressing those areas, The Global-Local Connection for LGBT Rights.
The event, which drew roughly 100 people, featured a wide-ranging panel discussion with Mandy Carter, co-founder of Southerners On New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition, and Ruth Messinger, president and CEO of American Jewish World Service. It was moderated by Institute programming board member Tim’m West.
If many aren’t familiar with the American Jewish World Service and wonder about its inclusion in such an event, it helps to know that it is the fourth-largest U.S.-based funder of international LGBT work.
Carter provided a regional and national perspective and Messinger provided a global perspective on LGBT rights; the local perspective was provided by those in attendance.
The evening’s conversation covered an array of topics, including but not limited to anti-LGBT laws across the world, bullying, the school-to-prison pipeline, Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, the role of social media in activism, HIV/AIDS and LGBT elders.