APPLY NOW! Gran Varones Positive Digital Arts Fellowship

For the past seven years, Gran Varones. (GV) has grown from a local initiative in Philadelphia to a national and award-winning digital project amplifying queer history, culture, and community storytelling through a Black-Latinx Queer lens. In 2018, GV successfully launched the inaugural Positive Digital Arts Fellowship. And we are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for this year’s program.

The Fellowship is a national initiative, in partnership with ViiV Healthcare to support the leadership of a cohort of five (5) Latinx/Black-Latinx Gay, Queer, Bisexual, and Trans men and bois living with HIV aged 21-35 years old based in the US. The cohort will be supported with resources to combat HIV stigma and promote family acceptance in Latinx communities through digital storytelling, community building, and cultural organizing. We especially encourage applicants that are based in the South and individuals who may be new to organizing around issues related to HIV and LGBTQ activism to apply.



  • Fellows will be provided a $2000 stipend
  • The Fellowship starts in late July 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022. 
  • Support and collaborate with a community-based organization and/or organizing group in your community that works in the areas surrounding racial justice, HIV stigma, and LGBTQ issues
  • Two virtual one-day retreats and four monthly skill-share meetings to develop leadership and digital skills 
  • Dedicated coaching and guidance from mentors
  • Monthly conference calls with fellowship cohort and mentors
  • Commit to collecting a minimum of 4 stories that will then be a part of the cohort’s collective zine
  • Organize One community event



  • Applications Due on Friday, July 2, 2021
  • Convening One-  Saturday, July 24 from 1pm  – 6pm EST 
  • Skill-share Monthly Workshops (August, September, October & November) all one-hour workshop dates will be finalized in partnership with fellows during the first convening. 


Armonte Butler (He/Him) is a Black Latinx writer and advocate born and raised in Washington, DC. He is passionate about adolescent sexual health and supports LGBTQ youth and young people living with HIV to become cultural artists. He is a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow.

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad (They/Them) is a Philadelphia-born writer, organizer, and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Co-op. In their work, they often trouble ideas of medical surveillance, bodily autonomy, and Blackness. Abdul-Aliy is also a Gran Varones Positive Digital Arts Fellowship Mentor.

louie ortiz-fonseca (He/Him) is a queer Afro-Puerto Rican writer and cultural historian living with HIV. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, louie is the creator of Gran Varones. He also works in partnership with young people living with HIV to combat stigma and hosts a YouTube series for LGBTQ youth, Kikis with Louie. Louie is a father of an 18-year-old son and worships the Patron St. Mariah Carey.

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