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Rodney Lofton | Diversity Richmond

Rodney Lofton has been a voice and advocate for those living with HIV for almost 20 years. He has served as a keynote speaker and requested facilitator, he is a former freelance writer and public relations professional, having worked with Kool and the Gang and Mary Wilson of the legendary Supremes, and he has served as a columnist for the online website GBMNews. His column focused on issues around HIV/AIDS and African-American gay men. His debut novel, The Day I Stopped Being Pretty: A Memoir along with his sophomore effort No More Tomorrows: Two Lives, Two Stories, One Love were both nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. Before assuming the role of Vice President and Deputy Director with Diversity Richmond, Mr. Lofton served as Executive Director of The Renewal Projects. In addition, he worked extensively in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and case management with organizations in Richmond, Washington, DC, and Albuquerque, NM. In 2015, he was selected as an OUTStanding Virginian with Equality Virginia. He was recently appointed as a member of the City’s Human Rights Commission, and was selected as a member of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program. He lives in Richmond with his husband Faron Niles and their three dogs Lady Addison, Princess Buttercup and Duke of Highland.