Meet your Grand Marshals for 2015

Herb Zeman and Jeff Harwood

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Together for seven years, Herb Zeman and Jeff Harwood have enjoyed serving the Mid-South LGBT community. It was through Herb’s influence and involvement in the community that Jeff also has become active in promoting equality, education and awareness. Both are active with Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC), particularly Outflix Film Festival, and TN Equality Project (TEP). Herb served on the board for MGLCC and provided them with their current location on S. Cooper St. He also serves on the 501(c4) board of TEP. Politically active and progressive, both are currently serving on the Memphis for Bernie committee.

Active in the performing arts, Jeff and Herb met when they both sang for the Memphis Men’s Chorale. They continue their arts activities, Herb with Memphis Symphony Chorus and Rhodes Master Singers and Jeff working with Opera Memphis and Theatre Memphis. They are both avid karaoke singers and travelers.

They officially became engaged on July 26 celebrating the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, and are excitedly planning their wedding for Spring 2016.

Anthony
Hardaway

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Anthony Hardaway currently works as the Coordinator for the Advocacy Academy at Friends For Life Agency in Memphis, Tenn. and  has worked with and for Friends For Life for about 10 to 15 years. He currently works with the Tennessee MSM Taskforce Committee finding new ways of reaching targeted areas throughout the state with emphasis in Memphis and Shelby County. He has been in the field of HIV/AIDS in the Southern region since 1996 as a peer educator, volunteer, prevention specialist, community activist, and caretaker. He has worked with such agencies as Friends For Life, Nashville CARES, My Brother’s Keeper, and many others. Anthony has traveled throughout the Southern region to a majority of all the Black Prides promoting healthy life choices and safer sex practices. For six years he wrote a column “What’s The Tea” for the Memphis based LGBT magazine, Family and Friends. He is a co-founder of Memphis Black Pride and has served on the Center for Black Equity Board of Directors, formally known as International Federation of Black Prides, since 1999 and currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors. He also currently serves on Fire and Ink Board of Directors.

He holds an AA and BA degree from two historical black colleges/universities from the state of Mississippi. He plans to return to college in the near future to work on a master’s degree in African American Studies with a goal of opening a museum (in the south) for same gender loving people of color educating the African -American community as a whole about black gay history and culture.