michael roberson

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Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist and leader within the LGBTQ community, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College, NYC. With a focused commitment on the health disparities of Black gay men and Black gay men within the House/ball community Michael created The Federation of Ballroom Houses, co-created the nation's only Black Gay research Group, The National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Group, and the Nationally Diffused CDC Behavioral Change HIV Prevention Intervention “ Many Men, Many Voices.”  Michael was also the Executive Director of one of the largest black gay community based organizations, and currently is a consultant working with several national community based organizations focused on national HIV Clinical Trial/Bio-medical, and Home grown evidence based interventions, as well as national community capacity building assistance and mobilization strategies designed to combat the disproportionate health disparities impacting both the black gay and black/Latino lgbt house ball communities.  In addition to his many roles as activist and leader Michael is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally, manages Vogue Evolution, a national dance crew engaging in social justice and HIV Prevention through vogue.  Above all Michael is a father to many men and women within the House/ball community, as well as, Co-instructs a course on the history of the house/ball community at the New School University in New York City. Michael is also a guest lecturer at New York University through “The Black Lives Matters” curriculum created by Adjunct Professor Frank Leon Roberts, PHD.  He is additionally himself an Adjunct Professor at both The New School University NYC and Union Theological Seminary NYC. He is a consultant with VICE Media global, having co-created a “diversity/respect in the workplace” curriculum to train all of their 800 employees in their NYC, Los Angeles, and Toronto, Canada offices. Additionally, Michael is also a consultant with Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox Studios, currently working with the writers and casting of a new upcoming television project about 1980’s NYC Ballroom and Club cultures. 

Since then Pony has expanded his career internationally by traveling the world and creatively directing shows for celebrities such as Grammy-award winning Fergie who recently dedicated her Lifetime Achievement award to Pony for his endless support and contribution to the LGBT community.  Pony Zion's entrancing gifts envelop the spirit of art and will, as they always have done, and pave the way for those who  will walk next.