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Luna Luis Ortiz

Board Member

Luna Luis Ortiz

Luna Luis Ortiz, a resilient survivor of HIV, hails from the vibrant heart of New York City. His extraordinary journey as an HIV awareness advocate commenced in 1988, when he embarked on a mission to empower and educate youth living with HIV. Luna's educational path led him to Harvey Milk High School, where he devoted himself to this vital cause. Over the years, Ortiz's unwavering commitment to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness has resonated globally, as he graced syndicated television specials and the pages of numerous publications.

Luna's compelling life story and artistic prowess have made him a sought-after public speaker, captivating audiences at prestigious universities and venues worldwide. In the late 1980s, Ortiz also became an integral part of New York City's ballroom voguing scene, earning widespread acclaim for his contributions and leadership within the community.

As a distinguished artist, Luna Luis Ortiz's work has found its place in exhibitions at galleries spanning from New York City to Washington, D.C., and across the globe. His artistic legacy endures within the permanent collections of esteemed institutions such as the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York.

In 2007, Luna's dedication to HIV prevention and youth services led him to the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), where he tirelessly championed the agency's social marketing campaigns. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the acclaimed 'I Love My Boo' campaign, recognized with a GLAAD award. Luna also took charge of the planning committee comprised of House and Ball members for the annual and widely renowned Latex Ball.

Today, Luna Luis Ortiz continues to inspire and empower youth of color worldwide with his remarkable story of survival, having lived with HIV for over 37 years. His role as a guiding figure within the House of Khan, alongside his identity as a devoted father, enables him to offer love, compassion, and unwavering support to young people navigating the diverse experiences within the LGBTQ+ community.

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