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Anthony Smallwood


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Anthony W. Smallwood of Lexington, KY has worn many hats in his 35 years in Lexington. Many might know his name from his years of being a Hair Designer at McAlpin's or Lerry's Hair Design. Some might remember him from being a country couples and line dance instructor. Others might have been associated with him through one of the many social advocacy organizations and projects he has participated in over the years.

Then again, if you look closely, you might recognize his alter ego known for "her" comedy and live vocals - the entertainer known as Helena Handbasket. Either way, Anthony is a memorable personality in our community and we are thrilled to have him participate in this year's event.

Currently Anthony is the Community Engagement Manager at AVOL Kentucky, Inc., where he and his colleagues are working to END HIV in Kentucky. AVOL (previously known as AIDS Volunteers of Lexington but changed to AVOL Kentucky since they now serve seventy-two counties in Kentucky) has had a presence in Lexington for over 30 years and is continuing to grow, offering more services and serving more people than ever. AVOL relies on the generosity of its sponsors and donors to be able to continue to offer housing services, community education, free prevention supplies, and free and confidential HIV testing as well as testing for HEP C and other STIs.

Anthony has shared his life with Dean for over 30 years and lives with their loving fur baby of 10 years, Mitchell - Opt to Adopt!