A Personal Story

It’s a great pleasure to introduce myself to you because I want your help and support. My
advocacy for the elimination of HIV/AIDS came into being from the moment of the first person
who died in my arms in New York City in 1978. I saw my own death through the lives of the
many persons who was suffering from the lack of care; a failing response that denied our
humanity. So now I have an opportunity to bring a vision to you. I am asking all HOOSIER
Churches, Colleges, and Universities throughout Indiana to support the Red Ribbon Jubilee as together we work for a cure for HIV.  


One component of our work is the Hoosier International AIDS Conference Scholarship Fund which identifies and supports Hoosier adults and youth so they can attend the 2022 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The HIACSF funded the participation of 22 people (aged 16-84) from 8 counties in Indiana to attend the 2020 International Aids Conference (IAC) in Oakland and San Francisco, California (which became virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic). 

As we look ahead to the 2022 IAC I invite you to help us accomplish our mission. Our goal is to be inclusive and representative of the citizens of our state, especially those living with HIV/AIDS and their caretakers.  We also hope to have representation particularly from our citizens between ages 18 – 30 who are 2x more likely to become HIV+ than other age groups.     

The Major benefit of this endeavor is to give Hoosiers the transformative experience that will result from meeting 15,000 to 20,000 persons from around the world who are committed to ending the HIV/AIDS Crisis, as well as, advocate for the compassionate care needed by those who have been caught in its wake.

The future is in our hands. Please join me in thought, word, and deed to build an informed citizenry who in 20 years will be between the ages of 38 and 58 years of age. 20 years from today these young Hoosiers will be the leaders in the status quo strata of Indiana
Society. They can and will make a difference to the quality of life and healthcare in Indiana
affected by their experience while attending the International AIDS Conference.
Thank you for this opportunity to share this vision for the citizens of Indiana who will
benefit from a more caring future for its people.



Harold S. Brown

Project Director 

HIV Community Resource Day In Collaboration with Dress for Success and Indy HIV Resources and

John H. Bonner Neighborhood Community Center


10th Annual Harvey Milk Dinner sponsored by IUPUI Student and Faculty Alumni Association 10/12/19

Pictured Belinda Drake, candidate State Representative district 35, partner Tia, and Harold Brown, Community Scholar IUPUI


HIV Community Awareness Day In collaboration with Marion County Public Health Department and the Ryan White Planning Council TGA

Harold Brown accepted into full membership as first openly African American gay person  living with HIVAIDS at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church,Indianapolis

2018. "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges" 

Allen Chapel AME Congregation Photo 2019

BUMC Supports LGBTQ+ Community

Check me out as I play the piano after my workout with the Physical Therapist at the Neuroscience building at IU Health!

WATCH and LEARN  how to have fun even through pain and loss due to Osteoarthritis brought on by HIV and AIDS over 41 years!
This is one of the reasons to visit the International AIDS and HIV Conference 2020!

I have learned that I can live with HIV and AIDS without losing out on being healthy, happy and alive!
Disclaimer: Don't break your back while dancing to the song played below! 


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Bayard Rustin Gay Union Organizer who as Deputy Director organized the March On Washington, 1963. Friend with Harold Brown during student protest at NYU in 1968.


Building coalitions throughout Indiana offers us the greatest chance of successful intersection between community and its institutions. We have witnessed such an amazing moment of coalition building when we gathered to honor National Black Community Awareness Day at Watkins Park in Indianapolis. We have the best chance to decrease and end the prevalence and incidence of HIV in our Black Community through our action. I am proud to have been present and to have exhibited information about the International AIDS Conference 2020.

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