Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
CAPS Community Town Hall: Joe Hawkins, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Joe Hawkins is co-founder of the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, and is its first Executive Director. He is also a noted Oakland-based community organizer who has been at the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy in the Bay Area for almost 30 years. Joe is a seasoned non-profit executive, event producer and social entrepreneur. He first came to national prominence as a gay activist and one of the first out gay men to appear as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show defending his right to parent his then 6-year-old son.
Megan Comfort is a Senior Research Sociologist in the Youth, Violence Prevention, and Community Justice Program at RTI International and affiliated faculty at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. An expert in qualitative methods, her research focuses on the nexus of incarceration, health, and family relationships. She has published in journals such as AIDS & Behavior, Ethnography, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Journal of Urban Health. In addition, she is a co-author with RTI colleagues Tasseli McKay, Christine Lindquist,