Terry Angel Mason Named National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Spokesperson
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by BWW News Desk
Terry Angel Mason, internationally-renowned author, keynote speaker, poet, singer, songwriter, minister, columnist and civil rights activist was selected as The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Spokesperson for 2012. February 7, 2012 will bethe 12th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide community mobilization effort to emphasize the HIV/AIDS "State of Emergency" among African-Americans. The theme is "I am my Brother/Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS."
Mason will be assisting NBHAAD in meeting its objectives by using his international platform to encourage individuals to get educated about HIV/AIDS, get tested, get treated, and get involved in advocating for the resources necessary to fight the disease. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will target 14 major cities to promote HIV/AIDS Awareness events and activities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and Washington, DC. The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is led by a Strategic Leadership Council (SLC) that provides guidance, direction, and strategic thought to engage African American community stakeholders and organizations for sustained participation in the initiative. The SLC includes six national organizations that work together to address specific issues which influence the course of HIV/AIDS in African American communities across the United States.
The author and LGBT advocate has been making local and international headlines since the release of his first book, Love Won't Let Me Be Silent, a gripping tome that offers strategies to help parents, families, ministers, teachers and community leaders effectively understand and support gay teens, young adults and people infected with HIV/AIDS.
A highly respected, in-demand speaker, Mason is poised to join other notable leaders, entertainers and spokespeople in fighting this disease, and recently announced that he will be available for interviews on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which takes place on February 7th.
"The HIV/AIDS epidemic has hit the African American community the hardest, and I want to prevent the spread of this disease in our community by sharing my story and educating people on the facts and how they can protect themselves," states Mason.
Mason has been garnering local and national praise for his latest literary release titled, They Say That I Am Broken, which deals with a plethora of issues affecting the Same-Gender-Loving community, including homophobia in the Black church, HIV, DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell), gay marriage, homeless gay children, and more.
"The book also features captivating articles about CNN anchor and author Don Lemon, Los Angeles Lakers' basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, and much more," stated Mason. "They Say That I Am Broken is poised to gain worldwide recognition, as it affirms God's love for all people, and eloquently dissects race, religion and homosexuality through empowering essays, poems and stories," Mason added.
A survivor of full-blown AIDS and cancer, Mason was selected as Real Health's Magazine Advocate of the Month and featured in www.HealthyBlackMen.org -- for the month of December -- for World AIDS Day. (Direct link to article: Terry "Angel" Mason is Blessed, Not Broken).
Mason's books have touched millions of lives and have been submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Awards. Since his international debut, Mason has sparked worldwide debate about pressing issues affecting African-Americans and the gay and lesbian community. The celebrated blogger and columnist recently published an article about SB 48, (The Fair Education Act; a law that requires schools to include LGBT history), and denounced the black religious community's actions to overturn the bill, citing that their intolerance and support of inequality promotes more bullying, discrimination and violence in the gay community.
The article received numerous responses and led to him to being featured in the December issue of Connextion Magazine and other national publications. View page 60 via the following link to read the full article: http://www.calameo.com/read/0003904676b6cb3a1a2a5
For all media interview considerations, or to request Angel Mason to appear or speak at your Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day or Pride event, contact Florence Edwards at 310-746-7149. Because of Mason's busy schedule, please note that we cannot accommodate all requests; therefore it is essential to contact us as soon as possible to ensure his presence or participation at your event.
The highly sought after writer and speaker has been featured in the following publications and/or news venues: Lee Bailey's) eurweb.com, The Los Angeles Sentinel, Healthy Black Men, The East County Magazine, Five (5) Magazine, Whosoever Magazine, SGL Weekly Magazine, Outword Magazine, The NBJC Newsletter, The Advocate, Frontier Magazine, Broadway World, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Informer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, The New Civil Rights Online Magazine, A&U Magazine, Religious Tolerance, Marriage Equality International, Homorazzi, BN&S News Commentary, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, MSNBC News Vine, ILGA, Out Military Online Magazine, Proud Parenting Web Magazine, Fuse Magazine, Echelon Magazine, The Bay Area Reporter, Connextions Magazine, and in many other publications.
To purchase Mason's books, read breaking news stories, feature articles, interviews, or obtain more information about the author, visit his website at www.TerryAngelMason.com.