Black AIDS Institute founder to get Spirit of Justice Award

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BOSTON (AP) — The founder and president of the Black AIDS Institute will receive the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ 2016 Spirit of Justice Award.

Phill Wilson was an early voice on HIV in the black community. His activism began when he and his partner were diagnosed with HIV in the early 1980s. He became the AIDS coordinator for the city of Los Angeles.

Phil Wilson, president and chief executive of the Black AIDS Institute, based in Los Angeles, poses in Washington DC on July 17, 2012. Wilson was in the US capital ahead of the International AIDS Conference for the release of a report, "Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America 2012," which identifies black gay American men as the group most affected by HIV-AIDS anywhere in the developed world. AFP PHOTO / Robert MacPherson (Photo credit should read Robert MacPherson/AFP/GettyImages)

Phil Wilson, president and chief executive of the Black AIDS Institute, based in Los Angeles AFP PHOTO / Robert MacPherson/AFP/GettyImages)

Wilson has also been involved in national and international research efforts, coordinating the International Community Treatment and Science Workshop at five International AIDS Conferences.

Wilson will accept the award at the 17th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Oct. 28.

The Black AIDS Institute, based in Los Angeles, is the only national HIV and AIDS think tank focused exclusively on black people.

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