The Speaker Bureau members are individuals living with HIV who have unique stories to share. Their diverse lived experience and expertise initiates important conversations. Through sharing these stories, HIV knowledge is increased, and HIV related stigma decreased. Click here to request a speaker for free today.

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Why Book a Speaker:

Maricopa County has one of the nation’s fastest rates of new HIV infections in the country. Myths, lack of information, and stigma are still a problem contributing to new infections and lack of engagement in care.

Learn more about HIV in Maricopa County here.

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Use Your Voice to Make an Impact. Let’s work together to destigmatize HIV.

Are you currently living with HIV? Now is your opportunity to bring light to common misconceptions and educate your community about the everyday realities of this condition. We encourage you to join the to inspire and inform the public through your personal experience.

With authentic stories, educational presentations and engaging conversations, we can create a more inclusive environment for those living with HIV — and it all starts with courageous individuals like you using your voice for good.

No public speaking experience is needed. We will provide formal presentation training to all participants.

Interested in becoming a speaker or kickstarting a conversation about HIV within your organization? Fill out a form below to get started!

Meet Our Speakers

  • Christopher Hooper

    Christopher Hooper is a husband, father and brand-new grandfather. He has traversed the HIV world as a survivor since 1993 and has gone through many trials and tribulations with a positive spirit. He has learned that joy and pain are not mutually exclusive and has joined the speakers bureau to share his story and help others deepen their understanding of what it means to be a long-term survivor with HIV. His new “coming out” experience with his disease is a unique look into the world of HIV stigma and how it affects people’s lives. He has been an improv performer and teacher for over nine years and brings his unique humorous, yet meaningful voice to this format.

    “I look forward to helping reduce the stigma that HIV still has in society and helping others become more educated about this disease.”

  • Eric

    Eric was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Borough of Manhattan Community College. At the time, he was also working in modeling while taking jazz, tap and ballet. Later, he started his career in public relations. Eric found out he was HIV Positive in the late 1980s. He sought out every resource to live and is proud that he’s still here, in his 50s, to speak about HIV. Eric believes that we must all work together to help end the HIV epidemic

  • Elijah Palles

    Elijah Palles, A.K.A. Eddie Broadway, has been a drag entertainer in Phoenix, AZ, for 10 years. During this time, he has held numerous titles, namely Mister Phoenix Pride 2014, Mister USofA MI 2017, Emperor to Reign XIII of the Imperial Court of Arizona and King Father to Reign XV of the Imperial Court of Arizona. He is currently Mr. Trans USA 2020. Throughout his performing career, he has been an activist for transgender visibility and awareness. He was the first-elected transgender emperor of the imperial court of Arizona and enacted the Broadway Gatlyn Spectrum Grant, which awards up to $5,000 annually to an Arizona resident to assist with gender affirmation surgery. Outside of performing, he is a mental health therapist and works primarily with the transgender and gender non-conforming communities to assist with their transition and mental health concerns. He sits on the board of RipplePHX and Jim Collins Foundation and is the Vice President of the Board of the Imperial Court of Arizona. Elijah is a newly diagnosed transgender man and is this year’s co-chair for Aunt Rita’s AIDS Walk to bring AFAB voices to the table for HIV prevention, education, supportive services and research.

  • Jacqueline Fields

    My name is Jacqueline Fields, Jacque for short. I was diagnosed with HIV in 2000 and from then until now, I have been educating myself in HIV prevention and living longer with HIV. I am active in the community, educating and encouraging self-care and safer HIV sex practices.  I am also the co-chair of the Ryan White Part D Community Advisory Board and part of the women’s group at Valleywise Health, and I’m excited to be a partner in HIV education and prevention. I am the middle child of three children. I have a brother three years older than me, and a brother five years younger than me. I was born in South Carolina and moved to Arizona as a child. I have three children: two daughters and a son. They are all grown now and have families of their own, which turned me into a proud grandma of five grandchildren who loves spending time with them.

  • Michael

    Michael is a 34-year-old who has been living with HIV since July 31, 2010. Michael is a recovering addict who works to share his knowledge and hope in any situation. Michael has volunteered in the HIV community with various agencies, like Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Joshua Tree Feeding Program and The Phoenix Shanti Groupafter completing the Shanti program. Michael currently works in behavioral health and educates new peer support specialists on HIV and how stigma is still real for those living with the conditionMichael does everything he can to share the hope he has been given by so many and help others understand that although HIV can affect many aspects of one’s life, they can still find positivity in their daily lives.  

  • Rodney Lofton

    Rodney Lofton has been a voice and advocate for those living with HIV for almost 20 years. He has
    served as a keynote speaker and requested facilitator by the New Jersey World AIDS Day Celebration, the United States Conference on AIDS and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Conference, among others. Rodney is a former freelance writer and public relations professional, having worked with Kool
    and the Gang and Mary Wilson of the legendary Supremes. Rodney is the former Vice President and Deputy Director of Diversity Richmond. In 2015, he was selected as an OUTStanding Virginian with Equality Virginia. Rodney is a former member of the Balm in Gilead’s Community Advisory Board and the 7th District Health and Wellness Initiative in Richmond, VA. He served on the City of Richmond’s Task
    Force for the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission and was appointed as a commissioner for the City of Richmond’s Human Rights Commission. He is also a recipient of the Cleve Jones HIV/AIDS Leadership Award and the first-ever honoree of the Rodney Lofton Social Justice Award, named in his honor by Black Pride RVA and UGCR (Us Giving Richmond Connection).

    He currently serves as the HIV/STI Prevention Program Manager with Terros Health, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. He was recently appointed to the Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council and served as the Chair of the Terros Health LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, as well as the Co‐Chair of the People of Color Employee Resource Group

  • Sheree

    Sheree was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she married and raised her three children. For over 20 years, Sheree has been an active member and advocate in the HIV community. Sheree was inspired by the belief that education and communication are power. Although she was diagnosed with HIV and told she only had 10 years to live, she did not let that stop her from living life. Sheree never thought HIV could have happened to her, or that this would be the life she would be living in addition to the challenges that already came with it. For her, some of those challenges were depression, seizures disorder and getting the proper HIV medication after weight loss surgery. She feels exceedingly fortunate to have made it through these challenges because of treatment, care and support while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in public health. She will graduate in December 2021 with a mission to continue giving back to a community that gave so much to her.