Ty­ron Garner Fel­low at Lambda Le­gal fo­cuses on the in­ter­sec­tion of LGBT dis­crim­i­na­tion and racism

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By EL­IZ­A­BETH FRIEDLY

As a black gay man from ru­ral Ge­or­gia, Eric Paulk uti­lizes his ex­pe­ri­ences to pro­mote in­ter­sec­tional ad­vo­cacy on a num­ber of lev­els.

A Ty­ron Garner Fel­low at Lambda Le­gal, Paulk served on the Ad­vi­sory Board of the Counter Nar­ra­tive Project, dis­cussing ad­vo­cacy fo­cused on black gay men. He works with the South­ern HIV De­crim­i­nal­iza­tion Net­work, in coali­tion with Ge­or­gia Equal­ity, and serves on the board of the At­lanta Harm Re­duc­tion Coali­tion to fo­cus on gay and black com­mu­ni­ties. He holds de­grees from More­house Col­lege and Pace Law School.

Paulk was most re­cently cho­sen as one of 12 Vic­tory Em­pow­er­ment Fel­lows for 2017. The Vic­tory In­sti­tute pro­motes the elec­tion of LGBT lead­ers to pub­lic of­fice and draws from can­di­dates all across the na­tion to par­tic­i­pate.

Ge­or­gia Voice spoke with Paulk to learn about coali­tion ef­forts in di­vided times, be­ing a Vic­tory Em­pow­er­ment Fel­low­ship par­tic­i­pant and what it takes for our move­ments to suc­ceed.

Where were you when you found out that you had been cho­sen as a Vic­tory Em­pow­er­ment Fel­low?

ter go­ing through the first train­ing, which I learned a lot, I felt like I was pretty pre­pared.

My work l’d done pre­vi­ously was good prepa­ra­tion for what they were teach­ing as well, so it was a com­pli­ment to that. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to sharpen skills and net­work with a lot of like-minded, pro­gres­sive peo­ple and who are look­ing to make change and im­pact in their com­mu­ni­ties. I’m look­ing for­ward to uti­liz­ing the tools that I’m learn­ing to in­crease the level of work that I’ve been do­ing, and to con­tinue to raise the bar.

Do you see your­self ever run­ning for pub­lic of­fice?

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