Larry L. Walker, Executive Director at THRIVE SS Inc

April 2021 - Thera Community Champion

THRIVE Support Services Inc’s Executive Director and Cofounder, Larry L. Walker is a self professed, “Love poet trapped in an advocate’s body.” Walker is a Baltimore native, an author, artist and advocate for equity and empowerment for Black same gender loving (SGL) men. Larry has worked in the public health and social services arena for 15 years. He found his passion for community while a student at Morehouse College where he co-founded the institutions first, and only, gay straight alliance “Safe Space.” After college, Larry’s passion for community landed him working at various community based and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) before cofounding Transforming HIV Resentments into Victories Everlasting Support Services (THRIVE SS Inc) in 2015. THRIVE has cultivated the largest support network for Black gay men living with HIV in the country and has made tremendous strides in redefining support, linkage to care and HIV stigma reduction. Larry often states, “There is no pill to rebuild will!” - meaning that no biomedical intervention can reverse the damage done by stigma and hate. Larry contends that “it is the community’s responsibility, duty and honor to love, heal and fortify itself.”