A native of Union City, TN, Anthony graduated high school as a closeted young man afraid to reveal his sexual orientation for his own safety. He started attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, but soon found his way to Murray State University (MSU). There he found a place where he could be himself. After getting involved with MSU Alliance, the LGBT student organization on-campus, he was elected President in 2008 and 2009. During his tenure as the organization’s President, he coordinated or assisted in organizing multiple programs including the Closet-to-Campus Move-In Team, Live Homosexual Acts, and MSU’s first annual AIDS Walk. He also played a critical role in organizing students to speak out for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the institution non-discrimination policy, which ultimately became policy.
The Ampersand symbolizes the solidarity we are building through Friends & Family, and suggests the inclusiveness we are working toward. It reflects the idea that no one individual, legislator, organization, or city can carry all the water for equality. Our success lies in our solidarity.