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Louis Ortiz-Fonseca

Director, LGBTQ Health and Rights

Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca is an award winning HIV activist and artist. For over 20 years, he has worked with influential nationally recognized agencies and has been an integral part of HIV prevention and youth development programming in Philadelphia. Since graduating from Lincoln University with a Master’s Degree in Human Services and Organizational Development in 2009, he has been committed to working with grassroots queer agencies of color to strengthen their work with Latino gay men. He is the 2015 winner of the Hispanic Choice Awards for Creative Artist of the Year for his storytelling project The Gran Varones. Louie is currently Director of LGBT Health & Rights at Advocates for Youth, where he oversees a multi-city project working school districts to provided intentional and effective HIV Prevention to Black and Latino young men who have sex with men.

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