FreeState is proud to celebrate Jean-Michel Brevelle!
Jean-Michel Brevelle has been an activist fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV for over 30 years. As an out and visible, gay-identified, transgender man, he is familiar with the challenges experienced by sexual and gender minorities, as well as the resiliency and opportunities for success within these communities. He began volunteering with AIDS Project Los Angeles in 1989 and eventually joined the organization as the Grassroots Program Manager in the Public Policy Department in 1995. In 1998, he relocated to Washington, DC to assume the position of Associate Director for Public Policy at the National Association of People Living With AIDS, where he served until late 2001. Brevelle worked with Equality Maryland as the lead organizer in achieving passage of the Baltimore transgender antidiscrimination ordinance, and stayed on as the Interim Director and then the Director for Transgender Outreach, until a new opportunity brought him to work with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, at the Center for HIV Prevention and Health Services. He devotes much of his time to providing capacity building training and technical assistance to improve HIV prevention services for LGBTQ communities and people living with or at risk for HIV. He sits on several Community Advisory Boards for current HIV research initiatives and is a co-founder of the Transgender Action Group. He is the proud parent of an over-achieving daughter and the delighted grandparent of a very self-possessed 4 year old grandson. He currently lives in Harford County with a slightly grumpy cat named Velcro.