Luigi Ferrer - The HIV/AIDS Rights Activist

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HIV/ AIDS and bisexual rights activist Luigi Ferrer began his career as a marine biologist, but as he notes “after being diagnosed with HIV in 1985, the bottom of the ocean no longer seemed that relevant.”

Mentored by AIDS activist Jim Pruitt, Ferrer started working with the Body Positive Resource Center, Miami’s second HIV Services organization, and became its Executive Director at age 26.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Ferrer grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. During those years, he “frequently felt as an outsider.”

“I don’t know if this was because I was bisexual, had recently moved to Puerto Rico and expressed myself better in English in a Spanish-speaking culture, or just because I was brought up in a different culture.”

As a leader in Miami’s LGBT community, Ferrer found connection. Currently, he is Program Director and Director of HIV Services at Pridelines Youth Services; Vice President of BiNet USA, a national bisexual advocacy organization; a member of the National Bisexual Leadership Roundtable; and Board member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.

At Pridelines, Ferrer is committed to “a safe place where youth can learn about themselves, about gender and human sexuality, and gain real-life skills.”

He adds “as we support today’s youth, we are also mentoring and training the next generation of LGBT leaders, activists, and organizers.” 

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