McPherson is project coordinator at My Brother's Keeper and community advocate at Mississippi Positive Network, Jackson, Miss.
My mentor is Cedric Sturdevant. He has always been a fatherly figure, especially when I was diagnosed with HIV several years ago. He taught me to stand up, share my story, and speak out for those who were either afraid to share their stories or couldn't because of family or financial reasons. I live in Mississippi, and there's still a lot of stigma attached with HIV there. I try to be the person who listens to my brothers and sisters and to be able to repeat their stories to the policymakers, the bigwigs and all of the people who can actually make changes.
Image credit: Charles Sanchez.