Selection Signals Bold New Communications Strategy in the Coming Year
|Dr. George Ayala and Jack Mackenroth|
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) appointed HIV activist Jack Mackenroth as its new Senior Communications Officer. Jack will be responsible for implementing the MSMGF’s communications strategy and for ensuring the agency’s brand recognition. In addition, he will maintain the agency’s commitment to global information exchange and knowledge translation, helping to ensure that advocates and stakeholders working for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men are well supported to continue their respective work.
As a gay man living openly with HIV for over 25 years, Jack is acutely aware of the challenges faced by our communities, including the toll taken by consistent experiences of stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalization. Jack also understands the opportunities that come with recent advancements in the areas of prevention and treatment.
“It’s an exciting time within the HIV community”, notes Mackenroth. “For one, the rapid adoption of PrEP as HIV prevention is the most revolutionary development in the HIV arena since the advent of protease inhibitors. It will have astonishing ramifications regarding transmission, stigma and countless dialogues about HIV. I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing organization at the precipice of so much global progress and innovation.”
Jack has been involved with several media campaigns designed to raise awareness and combat stigma and discrimination faced by individuals living with HIV. For several years he was the spokesperson for the HIV education campaign, Living Positive by Design. He was the creative force behind the anti-stigma campaign, HIV Equal. Most recently he conceptualized and launched the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge with the hashtag #weareALLclean on World AIDS Day 2014, which went globally viral in multiple countries.
“We are excited and honored to have Jack join the MSMGF team”, said MSMGF Executive Director, Dr. George Ayala. “Jack is a tireless advocate who is a role model and inspiration to gay and bisexual men everywhere.” Prior to Jack’s appointment at MSMGF, he served as Media Strategist for Housing Works in New York City.
The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF.org) is an international advocacy network devoted to ensuring equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including men living with HIV, while promoting their sexual health and human rights worldwide. MSMGF works to influence policy through: watchdogging, lobbying, and educating governments and policy makers; conducting or commissioning research; facilitating information exchange; and coordinating strategies through coalitions of activists, service providers, researchers, donors and other stakeholders. We also work to develop communities through the delivery of technical support to front-line community-based organizations and advocates.
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is an expanding network of AIDS organizations, MSM networks, and advocates committed to ensuring robust coverage of and equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services tailored to the needs of gay men and other MSM.