SisterLove, an HIV/AIDS group for women based in Atlanta, recently held its fourth annual 2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards, which honors 20 exceptional HIV-positive women across the United States who have served as vocal leaders and advocates in their communities.

TV and radio personality Egypt Sherrod hosted the event with special guest, recording artist Tarsha Hamilton. It honored exemplary members of SisterLove’s Positive Women’s Leadership Project, which provides research, training, education and support to HIV-positive women. The project also encourages them to engage in prevention, policy and advocacy programs on local, regional and national levels.

This year’s awardees are: Myrna Betancourt (New York), Balinda Cunningham (District of Columbia), Valerie Daniel (South Carolina), Chloe’ Daviage’ (Maryland), Antoinettea Etienne (New York), Ruth Fordham (Virginia), Geneva Galloway (North Carolina), Deborah Glover (Georgia), Sabrina Heard (District of Columbia), Denise Herbin (South Carolina), Andrena Ingram (Pennsylvania), Margot P. Kirkland (Maryland), Brenda LeGrier (Georgia), Vickie Lynn (Florida), Constance Montford (Georgia), Valerie Reyes-Jimenez (New York), Antoinette Sinclair (Georgia), Denise Smith (South Carolina), Zhilphia Turner (District of Columbia), and Shawndolyn Williams (Texas).

On Friday, October 18, awardees and guests walked the red carpet and enjoyed a night of entertainment, food, drinks and networking, sponsored in part by Gilead Sciences and the MAC AIDS Fund. All proceeds from the event helped benefit SisterLove.

For more information on SisterLove and the 2020 Leading Women’s Society, click here.

Tarsha Hamilton and Guests

2020 Leading Women’s Society’s special guest, Tarsha Hamilton and her friends.

Terry McGovern, Vanessa Johnson and Dazon Dixon Diallo

2020 Leading Women’s Society awardee Terry McGovern (who received the
Pandora Singleton Ally Award this year) and 2009 honoree Vanessa Johnson
with Dazon Dixon Diallo, the executive director of SisterLove.

Lisa Diane White and Nyrobi Moss

Lisa Diane White, director of programs at SisterLove, and Nyrobi Moss,
SisterLove’s former sexual health educator and trainer.