WHO WE ARE
Guy Anthony is a well-respected HIV/AIDS activist, community leader, and author. Infected with HIV as a teen, Guy has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of neutralizing local and global HIV/AIDS-related stigmatization. He released Pos(+)tively Beautiful: Affirmations, Advocacy & Advice on World AIDS Day in 2012. This collection of inspiring narratives, raw imagery, and affirming anecdotes has earned Guy much acclaim, including being named one of the top 100 HIV prevention leaders under 30 by POZ Magazine, one of the top 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch by National Black Justice Coalition, and one of DBQ Magazine’s LOUD 100 which happens to be the only LGBTQ list of 100 influential people of color.
Guy served as a Program Manager/Coordinator for the Treatment Adherence program at Us Helping Us, a local AIDS service organization serving Black communities in the Washington, DC area for 4 years. In his role at US Helping Us, Guy worked with newly diagnosed Black gay men to help them come to terms with their status, navigate the complex healthcare system so they can access care, and develop plans for them to adhere to their treatment regimen and achieve viral suppression. Guy also served on Washington, DC’s Ryan White Planning Council, overseeing millions of dollars in HIV funding for the city as Community Co-chair. Currently, Guy serves as a brand ambassador to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Guy also serves on the board of the ADAP Advocacy Association, whose mission is to promote and enhance the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and improve access to care for persons living with HIV/AIDS
He is the Founder of the Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation, a two-fold intermediary organization that provides scholarships to Black Queer men attending college. Guy was named one of the Top 35 Millennial Influencers by Next Bing Thing Inc., and as one of the six “Black Companies You Should Know” by Ebony Magazine. Guy currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and is focused on expanding Black, Gifted & Whole into international markets. Guy Anthony also launched GROVER New York - a line of affordable fine leather unisex messenger bags in 2022.
Remmington F. Belford
Remmington F. Belford, MPS., currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Emilia Strong Sykes of Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. Prior to joining Team Sykes, Remmington was the first openly Black Queer Man to serve as Director of Communications for the Congressional Black Caucus. He also served as Director of Communications to Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke of Brooklyn and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. Remmington is a proud product of the Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leaders Internship and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute Political Leadership Development “Boot Camp.”
Remmington is a native Houstonian and a second-generation alumnus of Texas Southern University. Remmington is also an alumnus of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. Remmington is often described — by those who know and interact with him — as a solution-oriented, high-impact strategic communications practitioner with a passion for cooking and connecting.
Remmington is founder of Hill Figure Strategies, LLC, a full-service management consulting firm with clients ranging from the United Negro College Fund, The Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists, and several other socially conscious organizations. His specialties include strategic communications, multicultural marketing, content and reputation management, legislative and policy analysis, government and media relations, and crisis communications. Remmington serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for The Black Gifted and Whole Foundation — the nation's largest Scholarship foundation for and by Black Queer men, and the Vice President of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Texas Southern University Alumni Association.
Remmington is an avid reader, a man of God, a newly minted plant dad, a proud Guncle of 2 with one on the way, a card-carrying member of the Beyhive, and a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan. Remmington lives by the mantras, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” “What's for you will never miss you,” and “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto", or "I am human, and I think nothing human is alien to me."
Dr. Nathaniel L. Currie, DSW, MSW, LCSW
Dr. Deion Hawkins, Ph.D
Director of BGWhole Mentorship Program
Nathaniel Currie, DSW, MSW, LCSW holds a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Simmons University. He is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University and regularly teaches social work courses on diversity, social justice, clinical intervention, and leadership.
He is also an adjunct faculty at Simmons University in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program where he is the course creator, developer, instructor, and manager for the 709 Strategies for Decolonized Clinical Supervision and Leadership course sequence. Dr. Currie has published on the topics of decolonized/liberation movement/empowerment focused clinical intervention and leadership, including a recent textbook chapter on the intersection of CRT, colonial ideology, and Black men’s health in In Y. D. Dyson, V. Robinson-Dooley, J. Watson (Eds.), Black Men’s Health: A Strength’s Based Approach Through a Social Justice Lens for Helping Professions [Springer Publications].
He is a national community educator and trainer who has provided workshops, lectures, keynotes, and consultation on decolonized clinical supervision and leadership, social work and CRT, and the decolonization of professional social work education and practice. He has over fifteen years of clinical practice, social work supervision, and leadership experience. His current clinical practice includes a thriving clinical internship program where he provides individual and group supervision. He holds clinical licensure in the states of California and Georgia, and in the District of Columbia.
Since Fall 2019, Deion S. Hawkins, Ph.D., has served as an Assistant Professor of Argumentation & Advocacy and the Director of Debate at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Hawkins is a leading diversity, equity, & inclusion consultant (DEI) and an expert in social marketing campaigns and Critical Race Theory (CRT); his research is situated at the intersection of race, communication, culture, and health. Deion is a critical health communication scholar who typically employs equity-framed and trauma-informed qualitative techniques to unpack health disparities disproportionately impacting BIPOC communities. More specifically, Deion is researching two health issues that continue to impact Black Americans disproportionately- (1) HIV, especially in Black queer men & (2) the mental health impacts of police brutality in the Black community.
As a first-generation college graduate and now professor, Dr. Hawkins is incredibly passionate about using the classroom as a tool of empowerment and wants to equip each student with the means of advocacy, empathy, reflective accountability, and debate. In Spring 2022, Deion won Emerson’s college-wide Outstanding Teaching award. Outside of his classroom commitments, with ample experience in all formats, Dr. Hawkins is a nationally recognized speech & debate (forensics) coach. He is one of the few coaches in the country with multiple debates (IPDA 2013, IPDA 2019) and speech (Duo-AFA 2017, Duo-PKD 2019) national championships within his first ten years of coaching. In 2019, these accomplishments and many more coaching accolades allowed him to be awarded Pi Kappa Delta, the nation’s oldest speech & debate organization, the outstanding new forensics educator award.
Lastly, Dr. Hawkins is always proud to humbly serve his community. Thus, he currently serves as board Co-Chair for the Emerging Leaders Board at Boston Health Care For the Homeless Program and is the Coalition Manager for HIV Racial Justice Now!, a national coalition of activists and scholars of color who are advancing a racial justice framework in the domestic HIV response.