James R.

United States


I'm an activist,& advocate for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer of GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, Inc., dba as Free2Be in Huntsville, Alabama. Free2Be is a unique organization in the Southern region of the United States. We provide social services, advocacy, and activism for the under-represented LGBTQ community in Alabama and across the region. We currently have offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Dothan, Mobile, and Montgomery with collaborations in Belize. Education BA, Political Science, Auburn University MA Ed, Special Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham Professional Experience · Currently Founder & CEO of GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. dba Free2Be · Co-Host of "All That's Left" talk radio · Special Education Teacher with five school systems in Alabama and Georgia · Resident Manager and Instructor at the Horizon’s Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Volunteer Experience 2012-2014 Board of Trustees, PFLAG, Huntsville Chapter Jefferson/Shelby County Child Abuse Task Force and the American Federation of Teachers Jefferson County, Alabama Awards 2014 Red Ribbon Award "Community Leader" 2012 Recipient Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award for commitment to justice and equality for all people 2011 Named One of Five People Transforming Five Communities by Encore Careers 1995-96 Outstanding Graduate Student, Special Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education 1989 Outstanding Citizen Award, Huntsville Police Department Other Professional Experiences 2014 Executive Director's Boot Camp Graduate funded by the David Bohnett Foundation through LGBT CenterLink 2013 Social Media experiences were documented in "The Encore Career Handbook" by Marci Alboher 2013 FBI Citizens Academy Graduate


  • services
  • public administration
  • youth
  • education
  • community
  • belize
  • georgia
  • united states
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