AIDS United’s CEO responds to the death of Michael Hinson Jr.

The Philadelphia Gay News reported Saturday of the death of Michael Hinson Jr., a longtime Black LGBTQ, HIV and homelessness advocate.

According to the article, over the years, Hinson was active with the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force, BEBASHI, Colours Magazine, Colours Organization, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, the Philadelphia mayor’s office, Cheyney University and SELF, Inc.

Jesse Milan Jr., AIDS United’s president and CEO, responded to Hinson’s passing by saying:

I was saddened to learn of Michael’s death. His loss is a tragedy for all of us.

Michael was a fierce advocate and a brilliant strategist. I first met him during my days as the AIDS director in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, nearly three decades ago. He had high ideals and pragmatic approaches, and I will always admire his tenacity in challenging our community and government. Our efforts to do better were often because he pushed us.

Michael’s advocacy was foundational for improving access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, not just for communities of color in Philadelphia, but for LGBTQ people across the nation.

His legacy is the improving health of LGBTQ people, and especially gay Black men. He will be sorely missed and long appreciated.