Marvell L. Terry, II was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and Founder of The Red Door Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on improving the health outcomes of Black gay, bisexual and same gender loving men in Memphis and Southeast region of the United States. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. where he is the first HIV & AIDS Project Manager for the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
Marvell has been living with HIV since 2007 and shares his journey through social media and other outlets to help erase Stigma. Since 2009, Marvell has leadership in providing Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling, program coordination, evaluation and community mobilization. Marvell has been voluntarily active in roles both locally, regionally and nationally. Marvell currently serves as an Organizing Member of the Young Black Gay Leadership Initiative. The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is a national movement of young Black men addressing issues disproportionately affecting its peers, with a particular focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment and a member of the AVAC PxRoar Program.
Marvell's work has received numerous awards and honors. In 2014, he was named one of the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) 100 Black LGBTQ Leaders to Watch, one of Mused Magazine’s “Game Changers,” and one of POZ Magazine’s “POZ 100” leaders in the fight against HIV & AIDS. Marvell's previous honors include Memphis Flyer’s annual publication of the “Top 20 Under 30” (2013) making a positive impact on the city of Memphis, and the Shelby County Government’s Light of Hope Award (2012).
Marvell attended The University of Memphis and work has been published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice“Prevalence and Correlates of HIV risk behaviors among Homeless Adults in a Southern City” (Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring 2014).