NAAFA Announces Michelle Anderson as Keynote Speaker for its 2013 Annual Convention & Expo!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2013
Foster City, CA NAAFA, the civil rights organization working for Equality at Every Size, is proud to announce that Michelle Anderson, Miss Plus America 2011, will be a featured keynote speaker at its upcoming 2013 Annual Convention & Expo, being held on July 25-29, 2013 at the Westin Hotel, Casino & Spa, located at 160 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109. The name of Anderson's keynote is "Why We Share Our Stories."
Anderson is first openly HIV positive woman to ever run for and win a national pageant title. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is very active in her community as a Advocacy Mobilizer for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Consultant for the Afiya Center HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Justice, Co-Chair of Campaign to End AIDS Southwest, Treasurer/Board Member for ADAP Advocacy Association, member of the Texas Black Women Initiative and Blogger for A Girl Like Me!
Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and across the United States. She plans to finish her degree in Social Work where she will be able to continue to spread the message, and educate people regarding HIV/AIDS as well as use her title to raise awareness, end stigma, shame and blame associated with HIV infection among woman of color.
"Michelle and her message of acceptance embodies everything that NAAFA is trying to achieve," said Brandon M. Macsata, NAAFA Convention Committee Chair. "When she submitted her entry in the 2011 Miss Plus America pageant, she was shunned; not because she was African-American, or a plus size woman, but rather because she is openly HIV-positive. We need to move past these labels and barriers, and Michelle's story will serve as an inspiration for every NAAFACon attendee."
Additional information about Michelle winning the Miss Plus America 2011 pageant is available online at http://plusamerica.org/michelle.asp
"Promoting Equality: All Sizes Welcome!" is the preeminent event for size diversity advocates from across North America, including Canada and worldwide. NAAFA has a tradition of using educational convention sessions as a platform for innovation in the areas of diversity, size acceptance activism and nondiscrimination practices and policies. To view the 2013 NAAFACon schedule of events, go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvuwyh8
Visit NAAFA's website today at http://www.naafaonline.com/convention2013/
to learn more about the NAAFA 2013 Annual Convention & Expo. Convention registration and hotel accommodations can be completed from the website.
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
On the web: www.naafa.org
For more information contact:
Peggy Howell, Public Relations Director, NAAFA