RVA LGBTQ Black History Month Honoree: Ryland Roane, Jr.
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Ryland was born in Richmond, VA. He graduated cum laude from Benedictine High School and matriculated through Wake Forest University where he became a devoted “Demon Deacon” and president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Upon college graduation, Ryland entered the U.S. Army serving for four years as a Quartermaster. He later began a career in public health, serving in many capacities including hotline counselor, Disease Intervention Specialist, Health Educator and finally as the supervisor of the Division of Disease Prevention Hotline where he provided a valuable service to many persons in crisis situations as well as general HIV prevention and treatment information to anyone who would listen.
He volunteered at many organizations. When not educating and assisting others, you could often find Ryland cleaning up the community or making people happy through his catering/culinary skills. All tasks were done with a big smile.
Ryland was always willing to assist in whatever capacity and was never afraid of a challenge. He was dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of persons infected with HIV and committed to preventing new infections. He participated and endured many clinical trials for the cause. He also served in leadership roles on national committees devoted to improving HIV treatment.
Ryland was well known and loved by many locally and nationally; a real humble champion full of valuable information and insight. His charge and final words to his colleagues prior to his departure from this earth on August 13, 2016 was to be about the “business of saving lives.”
Diversity Richmond envisions a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.
Paris, is a Chicago native who is among the vanguard of those advancing social change. He joined VCU as Special Assistant for LGBTQ Initiatives and is currently the Senior LGBTQ Equity Officer in Equity and Access services at the institution. Paris holds an M.B.A. in Social Change in conjunction with Clark University’s (Worcester, MA) noted [...]February 21, 2017
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