Julio C. Roman (he, him, his)
Award-Winning Queer Activist, Social and Cultural Commentator.
Julio C. Roman is the author of the successful book"OUT OF SPACE: Creating Safe Spaces in Unlikely Places", and the founder of Organizing Unique Transformations, OUT a company that advises organizations and leaders on how to create a motivating, creative and inclusive environment that increases profit by building a community that changes culture.
Julio C. Roman has dedicated over twenty-three years to creating LGBTQIA+ safe spaces. He has represented the LGBTQIA+ community on Capital Hill, to the US State Department, the World Monetary Fund, and the United Nations. He continues to be featured in Insider NJ's " OUT 100: The LGBT Power List" for his leadership in community organizing and HIV/AIDS work.
As a native from Newark, I began my search for a safe space as a twelve-year-old kid after a life-changing encounter acting as a caretaker for my aunt Naomi, who was dying of AIDS.
I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in the Central Ward on 7th Street in a 6- family house where I spent my early childhood with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, your typical large Puerto Rican family.
At nine, we began a new chapter where my mom moved my twin brother & me into the Prince and Spruce Street Public Housing Projects on the South Ward, where I attended Quitman Street Elementary School and adjusted to a world I had never known existed.
At twelve, due to a continued increase in gang violence and targeted bullying, we moved out the projects and into Newark's North Ward, aka "Little Puerto Rico," where I attended Rafael Hernandez Elementary & Barringer High School. I proudly live in the same community to date with my partner and our two, four-legged children Duke & Duchess of Forest Hills.
I am super proud of Newark and all its amazing history, people, and "Brick City" lessons that helped shape who I am today.
The experience of living in Three of the Four Newark NJ Wards has not only enriched the lens through which I see life, but solidified my appreciate for the multi-layers of cultures that make up any one community or city.
I first got involved in LGBTQIA+ activism and worked with at-risk LGBTQIA+ youth at 16 years old and never looked back. I have proudly dedicated over 23 amazing years to creating LGBTQIA+ safe spaces and advancing the health equality and social justice initiatives of Black & Brown Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBTQIA+) and other marginalized communities affected by HIV/AIDS and its related health, social and economics disparities.
My professional experience lies extensively in HIV prevention programming, LGBTQIA+ Public Health, safe space design, community engagement, digital service design, advocacy, non-profit administration, leadership development, contract management, community research, and LGBTQIA+ organizational development.
I have a passion for mentoring, building highly effective teams, and working with other amazing change agents in and outside of the LGBTQIA+ social movement. I love the process of taking unsafe spaces and turning them on its head to be examples of safety meccas in our community.
"I believe highly effective programming coupled with highly engaging and inspirational LGBTQIA+ Empowerment Centers & Safe Spaces saves lives and creates leaders".
With my talented team of superhero experts at the Out Agency, we build safe spaces with years of uniquely informed experiences. And we lead on the foundations of facts, truths & the expertise of the talent, experiences, and voices at the table. I often present & publish my findings on local, state, and national levels. And have been honored to represent the LGBTQIA+ community on Capital Hill DC, State Department DC, World Monetary Fund DC, and the United Nations NYC.
When I take my moments to pause, I love to travel, read self-help books, and spend time with my friends and family. I travel to all corners in my journey to build human connections, discover life, and learn from all the life lessons that present themselves.
Trans Experience Activist & Coach
Working with Julio is a partnership from the very beginning; his real-time & innovative approaches to community mobilization ensures truly engaging & highly impactful community programming. Team empowerment and leadership development is central to his work.
CDC Health Scientist
Julio's approaches to social justice, public health, and project management are in a manner that is thoughtful and full of poignancy. His work is transformational in that his ability to decipher and analyze details results in thoughtful and efficacious outcomes.
Director & LGBTQIA Humanitarian
In the efforts of creating a haven for LGBTQIA+ members, working with Julio Roman has been a great success. As his mission thrives in enforcing the importance of humanity, he also embarks on the principles of uniting the LGBTQIA+ community as a norm in all aspects of today’s society.
Gilead Executive Community Liaison
Julio is the ultimate partner in addressing intersectionality and creating authentic, compassionate, safe spaces that allow for meaningful conversations and connections focused on inclusive health and wellness! His peer lead-peer driven model to community engagement & safe space creation is impressive
Co-Founder Artfront Galleries
Working with Julio Roman has not only been creatively rewarding but a true lesson on community building and empowerment. He has shared his platform with me, my organization, and many other creatives to expand artistic programming and projects for the LGBTQIA+ community