Dr James Gigliello was born in Brooklyn NYC. He is a cis gender gay man who watched helplessly as over 100 people he knew succumbed to AIDS in the early days. He became an activist and advocate for those who were HIV positive. He received his PH.D. in gender diversity psychology and then a post grad certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy for the LGBTQ communities. He currently is adjunct faculty for the International Institute of Clinical Sexology in Miami Gardens and Adjunct Faculty at St Joseph’s college in Brooklyn teaching undergraduate psychology online. He is also an alumnus of St Joseph’s college. In addition, he teaches Mindfulness meditation in Wilton Manors Florida. His work has been published in the Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research and he will be presenting a poster on HIV positive gay men, stigma, spirituality and resilience at the upcoming annual national conference for the American Psychological Association.