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Phill Wilson
(1956 - living) U.S.A.

Phill Wilson



Born and raised in Chicago, he didn't realize he is gay until around 24. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1976 and moved back to the city, where he met his lover, Chris Brownlie. Phill found that he was HIV positive in 1980, and two years after that he and Brownlie, also positive, moved to LA.

Phill has dedicated his life to HIV education, research, policy, and care. After gaining public service experience in Chicago, Wilson became aubiquitous figure in the LA AIDS community. He is a tireless advocate for those living with the disease, with special emphasis on people of color.

Among positions he has held are Director of Public Policy for AIDS Project Los Angeles, AIDS Coordinator for the city of LA, several-time delegate to the World AIDS Conference, and national board member of many organizations including Black and White Men Together.

Phill WilsonHe has founded or co-founded a number of advocacy groups including but not limited to The National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, the AIDS Health Care Foundation, and the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention. He also founded the Chris Brownlie Hospice in Los Angeles to commemorate his lover, who died in 1990.

He has traveled to many countries around the world to help coordinate their efforts to combat HIV. He is currently serving as the executive director of the African American Aids Policy and Training Institute at USC. He is a 1999 inductee of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Phill has been guest editor for POZ magazine and published articles in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, Essence and Ebony. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1994 World AIDS Summit in Paris and has worked extensively on HIV/AIDS policy, research, prevention and treatment issues in Russia, Latvia, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and India. Phill is among the gay/lesbian leaders who met with President Clinton in the White House.


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