He also announced that he was HIV positive.
Sciortino has a faultless track record for helping advance LGBT and social justice issues, including the right of same-sex couples to marry, banning discrimination against transgender people and expanding access to health care.
He will take over the running of Boston-based charity AIDS Action, the first HIV positive person to lead the group since it started in 1982.
In a statement, Sciortino announced:
“As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years.
My goal for AIDS Action in the years ahead is simple: continue the work that has resulted in lowering the rate of new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts; provide the multitude of services needed to keep those living with HIV/AIDS connected with health care providers; and continue the public conversation about HIV needed to reduce the stigma that is still so closely associated with this disease.”