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Ty Martin
Harlem, NY

Ty Martin grew up in the thick of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was well aware of the various forms of discrimination that existed for him not only as a black man, but as a gay man, too. During the 1980s Ty experienced the loss of many of his friends as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis, but he vowed to remain resilient, and today he runs a support group for older black men diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

“We decided to call our group New Beginnings, because being diagnosed with this disease is not a death sentence, but rather an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being,” Ty said. “I work to bring visibility to HIV/AIDS as an older, gay, black man because, despite the rejection we have faced, or the discomfort of talking about the disease, it is a conversation we need to have.”

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