- You must be someone living with HIV (have been diagnosed as HIV positive)- You must self-identify as Black, African-American (Hispanic or non-Hispanic ethnicity)- You must self-identify as Gay, Bisexual, Same-Gender Loving, Queer, Questioning, and/or other sexual orientations/gender identities that are not straight/heterosexual. - You must be willing to talk openly to others including elected officials and potentially the media about living with HIV/being HIV positive
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY: This fellowship is intended specifically for people who are living with HIV (are HIV positive) and willing to talk about their HIV status publicly (i.e. openly discussing their positive HIV status with elected officials, the press, and other audiences). During the application process, program staff will do everything possible to ensure the confidentiality of applicants' identities. Only the Program Manager has direct access to the information you submit through this form. The Program Manager will contact you by email to set up a brief phone call to confirm details of your application, make sure you understand the program's expectations, and set up an interview. Following this initial email and a phone call, will be an in-person interview. Please be advised that interviewers will be aware that applicants are living with HIV (HIV positive). Sharing your HIV status is a different journey for everyone, and we recognize that public disclosure is not safe or comfortable for everyone. If you are not comfortable disclosing your HIV status to interviewers, elected officials or the press/media, you should not apply for this fellowship. There are many ways to gain support without disclosing your HIV status, and there are many ways to engage in advocacy without public disclosure. If you are interested in getting medical care or joining a support group, call Georgia's HIV info line at (800) 551-2728.