ROC Pride 2018 Honorary Marshals

Arlisha Massey and Carlos Merriweather

Arlisha and Carlos are advocates who give voice to people of color who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, and the religious barriers that can impact their use of LGBTQ+ resources. Arlisha is recognized for his early work with AIDS Rochester and the Men of Color Health Awareness Project (MOCHA), providing outreach, health resources, and helping find housing for men of color affected by HIV/AIDS. Carlos, a self-proclaimed “Rochester Social Butterfly” works with Sojourner House Seedlings Children’s Program, which helps children participate in structured after-school tutoring and mentoring. He also does a mean Frederick Douglas impersonation. Their passion for community, especially marginalized communities, bring them to the forefront as leaders in Rochester. Arlisha and Carlos are partners in life. As Carlos says, “we got each other’s back for life!”

photo above: Arlisha (L) and Carlos (R), courtesy of Carlos Merriweather

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