Anthony Hardaway currently works as the Coordinator for the Advocacy Academy at Friends For Life Agency in Memphis, Tenn. and has worked with and for Friends For Life for about 10 to 15 years. He currently works with the Tennessee MSM Taskforce Committee finding new ways of reaching targeted areas throughout the state with emphasis in Memphis and Shelby County. He has been in the field of HIV/AIDS in the Southern region since 1996 as a peer educator, volunteer, prevention specialist, community activist, and caretaker. He has worked with such agencies as Friends For Life, Nashville Cares, My Brother’s Keeper, and many others. Anthony has traveled throughout the Southern region to a majority of all the Black Prides promoting healthy life choices and safer sex practices. For six years he wrote a column “What’s The Tea” for the Memphis based LGBT magazine, Family and Friends. He is a co-founder of Memphis Black Pride and has served on the International Federation of Black Prides Board of Directors since 1999 and currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors. He also currently serves on Fire and Ink Board of Directors.
He holds an AA and BA degree from two historical black colleges/universities from the state of Mississippi. He plans to return to college in the near future to work on a master’s degree in African American Studies with a goal of opening a museum (in the south) for same gender loving people of color educating the African -American community as a whole about black gay history and culture.