Julian Cavazos had to be convinced. After declining last year’s nomination, Cavazos relented this year and accepted his place on the annual SFGN OUT50 roster.
A gay man and AIDS survivor, Cavazos has said in the past he did not feel his contributions to the community were significant or sufficient.
But there are stories to the contrary.
“Julian is a real credit to our community,” said a peer who participated in the LIFE program with Cavazos at Pride Center in Wilton Manors. “He shared a whole lot during our program, was always very compassionate and thoughtful, and that was a big help to me at that critical point in life when I was newly diagnosed.”
The peer, whose identity is withheld due to th active status with the U.S. Department of Defense, said meeting Cavazos “made me very appreciative of the effort and sacrifice behind the progress on HIV-related issues so far.”
Cavazos is a Texas native, U.S. Navy veteran, and community activist who has organized fundraising events such as “Reverse Quinceanera” and “Bunnies on the Bayou.” In 2017, Cavazos created Julian’s Fountain of Youth, an LGBT youth organization on the Sanctuary Church campus in Fort Lauderdale.
The Fountain of Youth, Cavazos said, strives in “quenching the LGBT youth’s thirst for acceptance, knowledge and betterment.”
— John McDonald
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