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"So Gay So What" Campaign

Meet Aaron

Aaron is an HIV/AIDS advocate, public speaker, author, and television personality. He is heavily involved with causes and issues concerning women, children, animals, the environment, reducing gun violence and the LGBTQ+ community.

Education

Aaron is currently a Political Science major at NOVA Southeastern University where he is finishing the last year of his B.A., as he plans to attend law school in 2021 at Shepard Broad College of Law.

He is a member of The National Honors Society and Collegiate Scholars and enrolled in the Dual Admissions Honors program at NOVA Southeastern University. Aaron has also received his Associates Degree in Music Theatre in 2012 from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, New York. 

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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Performing in HBO's From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook

​Influencing Politics in Florida

Aaron is the former Secretary of The Dolphin Democrats, which is the largest chapter in the state of Florida of The LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus. He is also a former chapter President of The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco County, former Secretary of The Democratic Women's Club of Upper Pinellas, and has previously served on The Bureau of Speakers and The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee of The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida. Aaron is also a past Political Director of the College Democrats at The University of Tampa.

 

He is also the former Region Lead to The Millennial Council of Ready for Hillary. He also served as the Florida State Coordinator of Ready for Hillary, where for 2.5 years Aaron organized events, voters, fundraisers, and volunteers statewide to lay the groundwork that ultimately led to Hillary for America in Florida. Ready for Hillary disbanded upon the incoming presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and has now become the Super PAC Madame President. Additionally, Aaron has worked on high profile state legislature and municipal campaigns across the Tampa Bay area including the campaigns of former U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Graham and former State Representative Amanda Murphy.

In 2019, Aaron also served on the National Finance Committee of the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Upon suspending her presidential campaign, Aaron has now committed to support U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar in the democratic presidential preference primary on March 17, 2020.

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POLITICO Magazine, 2014

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Aaron speaks to The Democratic Women's Club of Florida 2014 Annual State Convention in St. Augustine, FL on behalf of Ready for Hillary

Largo City Commission Campaign

In 2015, Aaron made history when he filed to run for office himself. He became the first openly HIV positive person to ever run for office in the state of Florida when he ran for Largo City Commission, Seat 3 in 2016. Aaron would go on to raise thousands of dollars, engage thousands of voters and put forth his message and ideas to voters all across the Tampa Bay area via his campaign that caught statewide attention due in part to a scandal that ultimately led to the arrest of his conservative opponent Robert Avery. Avery was arrested for felony extortion when trying to persuade Aaron Darr to suspend his campaign for Largo City Commission, Seat 3 with baseless threats and empty accusations of inappropriate behavior by that of Mr. Darr.

 

Aaron found this to be distracting and unfair to voters as it began to weigh heavily on his heart and mind, even though there was never any damaging information released about himself, thus paving the way for the dropping of charges against Robert Avery due to the fact that no such damaging information ever existed on his private digital devices.

 

In spirit of unity and the need for the race for Largo City Commission, Seat 3 to return to a focus on the issues, rather than the illegal behavior of Robert Avery and the discrediting of Aaron’s private life, Aaron would go on to suspend his campaign and later endorse another progressive in the race for Largo City Commission, Neil McMullen. Below is various media coverage (video) of the campaign.

Writing & Philanthropy

Additionally, Aaron is a public speaker who has embarked on speaking and listening tours across Florida, battle ground states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio. He has also spoken throughout Europe about HIV/AIDS and progressive issues facing everyday Americans, those living with HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQ+ community. He often speaks to how politics is global and the actions of policies shaped by Americans affect others world wide. This is even more apparent in the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.

 

Aaron would make the case for the need to address HIV/AIDS policy in America when he keynoted the international HIV/AIDS conference SMILE, in 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and another in Paris, France for World AIDS Day 2014.

 

Aaron is currently writing his first book, Becoming Positive: A Teenage HIV Story in the Eyes of Mother & Son, which is written by both Aaron Darr and his mother Tammie Boord. Both describe their experiences associated with this disease; in particular Tammie’s thoughts on learning her 17 year old child contracted HIV and learned of his diagnosis just two days before Christmas of 2008 while he was still in high school. The book explores Aaron's Baptist faith, homosexuality, health, and the choices that ultimately led him to contracting HIV/AIDS. The book will be available on Amazon in the Summer of 2020.

Philanthropically, Aaron has worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation. Much of this work has focused on pediatric cancer cases and bringing access to health care facilities and services to those who otherwise wouldn't have access in the first place due to racial and geographic demographics in New York City. Aaron hopes to continue this work in South Florida.

World AIDS Day 2014: Paris, France

Working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pediatric Cancer Cases
Speaking at an HIV/AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening of The Hank J. Carter Health & Nursing Facility in Harlem

Weighing the Future

Aaron is often asked about his own political future when traveling the state of Florida giving speeches and raising funds for candidates, PAC's, and non-profits. The answer is simple. He aims to encourage others to get involved and engaged, especially young people, in the political process in Florida. Aaron remains focused on obtaining his law degree and has since December of 2019, stepped away from partisan politics to do so.

 

Aaron has no immediate plans to run for office in the future, if ever again. Aaron does however believe that Florida deserves accountability, leadership, and allies who will be advocates for working families, seniors, children, veterans, young people, minorities, and countless others who live and work in the sunshine state. Aaron remains committed to being an ally in any way he can be in the future.

He remains focused on working with both democrats and republicans and issue based campaigns in Florida, particularly working with both parties in the state legislature to combat the climate crisis in Florida, sea level rise, protecting our drinking water and the Everglades, while advocating for a state wide ban on the harmful practice known as fracking, as Aaron did during 2019's legislative session while working as an associate organizer for Food and Water Watch.

 

In early 2019, Aaron permanently moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to finish his B.A. at NOVA Southeastern University and plans to obtain his juris doctorate (law degree) soon after. He remains committed to electing down ballot candidates who will protect public education, the environment, and implement legislation to tackle gun violence in Florida while making sure Donald Trump is a one term president.