We are pleased to announce that Martavius Hampton has officially joined the OUTMemphis Roll of Honor in honor and celebration of his departure from the OUTMemphis staff after nearly ten years of extraordinary service. The Roll of Honor is our record of individuals and organizations who have served the LGBTQ+ community of the Mid-South for over five years, have created a lasting impact on the experiences of LGBTQ+ Memphians, and have embodied the mission of OUTMemphis: to empower, connect, educate and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community of the Mid-South. Read statements from Martavius and OUTMemphis leaders past and present.
Martavius Hampton

Martavius Hampton

Former Senior Director for Health & Evaluation

Once upon a time, there was a young man in his early twenties who aspired to pursue his dreams in the fields of sexual heath, LGBTQ+ health, education, and research. OUTMemphis allowed me to make those dreams become a reality. Will Batts saw my potential, and gifted me with the opportunities to live out my dream at OUTMemphis. In my ten years plus at OUTMemphis, my experience was like an epic movie filled with action, drama, suspense, horror, and adventure. There were many moments of success, times of disappointment, and periods of uncertainty. I know that the team at OUTMemphis will continue to change the lives of our local LGBTQ+ community and allies.

As for my next adventures, it’s morphin’ time! I’m ready to take on the new era of challenges and victories. This dance is not over………

“There came a point when, I finally exhaled.” Anonymous

Molly Rose Quinn

Molly Rose Quinn

Executive Director

Together with Will Batts, Elokin CaPece, and Stephanie Reyes, Martavius is among the original “architects” of the Center as we currently know it. He moved OUTMemphis to the forefront of HIV prevention and education, centering peer-driven, affirming resources for black LGBTQ+ communities. His thoughtful, well-researched approach to programming have become the framework from which all of our services have grown. On a personal note, Martavius’s sharp vision and wisdom helped guide my first year as the Center’s leader. His mentorship and dedication are evident in our strong team, and we send up our most enthusiastic gratitude to “the Hampton”!
Elokin CaPece

Elokin CaPece

HIV Capacity Building Coordinator, TN Department of Health

Martavius Hampton’s work shows us that championing diversity in the queer community makes us all healthier, safer, stronger, and happier. His work at the LGBTQ community center in Memphis turned an under-utilized space into the oasis that organizers in the queer community dreamed it could be. This work will never be complete, and Mr. Hampton’s legacy continues through the queer people of all different colors and backgrounds that he has mentored to rise in the Memphis queer movement. His impact on Memphis queer health means that we can all live long and prosper—-and keep the fight going.
Will Batts

Will Batts

Operations and Prevention Director, Montrose Center

Martavius was the first person I hired to work alongside me at MGLCC/OUTMEMPHIS. He had been a stellar volunteer and the only person I considered for that first position. His talent and vision shown through from the very beginning. He soon gained a reputation for his creativity and depth of knowledge. He played an irreplaceable role in moving OUTMemphis to where it is now.
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