Tabias Wilson

Tabias Wilson has worked a community organizer, blogger, speaker, researcher and activist for the last eight years. His work initially focused on the intersections and compounding effects of race, law and sexuality. However, after seroconverting during his sophomore year at Tufts University, he began to write extensively HIV/AIDS, seronegativity and in-access to life-saving resources and sociopolitical capital for HIV+, queer people of color, particularly men who have sex with men.

In 2012 he was selected as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at UC-Berkeley where he focused on issues of importance to HIV+, queer people of color, particularly HIV Criminalization. As a research assistant at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, he co-wrote the published report “Three Strikes: The Wrong Way to Justice” produced for the MA Legislature. Later that summer he was recognized as an Emerging LGBT Leader by Vice President Biden and the White House Office of Public Engagement.

In May of 2013 his senior thesis, “HIV Criminalization: A Form of Racial-Sexual Terror Exacted On The Bodies of MSM” was awarded the Shapiro Award in American Studies at Tufts University. Since then he has continued to write, blog and organize on topics encompassing racial justice, gender equity, education policy, anti-poverty and queer equity. However, HIV criminalization and HIV Survivors are his primary concern.

In August he resigned as the Corporate Relations & Foundations Coordinator for AIDS Action Committee of MA. He is presently a member of the HHS Planning Committee “Saving the Lives of the Men We Care About”—a national group of black & latino MSM concerned with HIV/AIDS and systemic quality of life barriers. In December he was honored as a “Top 100 Black LGBTQ Leader to Watch” by the National Black Justice Coalition. He is also a JD candidate at Howard University School of Law, where he will continue to look at the racialized effects of anti-queer stigma and HIV policies through the lenses of critical race, black feminist and disability theory. Next year, he hopes to enter a concurrent PhD program in Social Work.