Daniel Manuel


Daniel Manuel’s education about HIV began as a member of the FM support group at Acadiana CARES in 2008. He hopes to work with LAAN to reduce stigma while amplifying the voices and concerns of people living with HIV in Louisiana.
Daniel received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he is completing a Ph.D. in women’s and gender history at Rutgers University. His dissertation is a history of HIV activism in Louisiana. He hopes his research will educate the public about the epidemic’s history and ultimately help to end the stigma that drives the Deep South’s ongoing HIV crisis. Some of Daniel’s work on sexuality and race in American history has appeared in edited volumes including Queering Spirituality and Community in the Deep South and Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History.
He is a certified HIV prevention counselor and volunteers at the GBT/PrEP Clinic at Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services (CLASS) in Alexandria.