Wayne Starks has been living with HIV/AIDS since the 1980s and has been a member of VOCAL-NY since 2006. He became an activist after former NY Governor Patacki introduced a policy in 2006 that would have forced thousands of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS like him back into homelessness.
Wayne himself spent many years homeless after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS while working as a NYC bus driver. He has been active in Occupy Wall Street, National People’s Action, Right to the City and other movements for economic and racial justice. Wayne has been interviewed by the Albany Times Union, Amsterdam News, The Advocate, BBC, City & State, Huffington Post, Politico and many other outlets. He is also an artist, having been profiled in the NY Times, and a proud grandfather.