Keynote Speaker Bios

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Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy is the former Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2013-2015 and represented District 64A from 2007 – 2017. She ran for Governor in 2018 and is a former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1984 and earned her master’s degree in organizational leadership from the College of St. Catherine in 2005.

Erin grew up in Janesville, Wis., where she was raised by her mother and father along with her brothers and sister. She met her husband, Joe, in 1980 and were married in 1989. Their twin daughters, Bridget and Anna, were born in 1991.

Erin started her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. As a surgical nurse. She later moved to St. Paul to begin working as part of a transplant team at the University of Minnesota.



Mark S. King

Mark S. King is an award-winning blogger, author, and HIV/AIDS advocate who has been involved in HIV causes since testing positive in 1985. His blog, My Fabulous Disease, was awarded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association’s “Excellence in Blogging” honor in 2014, 2016, and was nominated for a 2015 and 2017 GLAAD Media Award. In 2015, HIV Equal named King one of “13 Legendary Activists in the Fight Against HIV.

After graduating from the University of Houston in 1981, King pursued an acting career in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens of television commercials. In 1993, he moved to Atlanta to serve as executive director of AIDS Survival Project, and later as Director of Education and Communications for AID Atlanta, the southeast’s largest AIDS service agency.

During his tenure at AID Atlanta King began producing columns and essays on HIV and gay life in general and became a sought-after speaker for public forums and conferences.

King has appeared as a spokesperson on ABC News, 48 Hours, CNN News and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His award-winning writing has been featured in The Advocate, Newsweek, POZ Magazine, Queerty, and

In 2011, Mark was honored to be included among the “POZ 100,” the 100 people and ideas that POZ Magazine finds most inspiring. In November of 2012, Instinct Magazine named Mark one of their “Leading Men of 2012” for his HIV/AIDS advocacy and writing. Mark made the cover of the June 2013 issue of POZ Magazine, which included his essay, “The Sound of Stigma.” He was also honored to be among the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Atlanta Pride parade.

Today, Mark lives in Baltimore with his husband Michael.




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