Brady Dale Etzkorn-MorrisNashville U=U TN U=U Ambassador
Brady Dale Etzkorn-Morris is a national HIV advocate and public speaker living in Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving an AIDS diagnosis in July 2009, Brady began a downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, and depression that led him down a path that resulted in several suicide attempts. When an acquaintance approached Brady saying he too had recently been diagnosed as HIV+ and needed help in what steps he should take next, Brady had a “light bulb” moment and intuitively knew he had found his life’s passion. Brady got sober and has dedicated himself to helping those newly diagnosed with HIV while also combating the stigma that continues in our community surrounding HIV. As an independent health advocate, he uses his reach on social media to promote factual and accurate health information in relation to living with and preventing HIV.
After learning about UequalsU in April of 2016, Brady was one of the first outspoken advocates disseminating this game-changing message. His advocacy work helped influence the New York Department of Health, Metro Nashville Health Department, National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO,) and the Tennessee Department of Health to sign onto the UequalsU consensus statement. Brady is also a staunch advocate for modernizing HIV criminal laws and helping improve access to care by reducing health disparities. Additionally, Brady serves on the Nashville Mayor’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Council, has served on the Nashville Regional HIV Planning Council (Ryan White Part A) for the past five years of which he’s served as Co-Chair of the council for the last 4 years, and Team Friendly Tennessee.