Alphonso King Jr. is originally from Tampa, Florida. Alphonso is probably best known in Toronto as DJ Relentless or Jade Elektra. Both personas are synonymous with fundraising and HIV awareness. He and his husband, John Richard Allan have spent the past 5 years producing events aimed at helping fight the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS and raising money to help the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. He also was a contributor to Canada’s PositiveLite.com. But Alphonso’s philanthropy started back in New York City when he started working with The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The Harvey Milk School of NYC and Our Youth (NJ).
Believing that working with our youth was very important, Alphonso would volunteer to spin for youth dances and their floats in the Pride parade. Upon moving to Toronto in late 2009, Alphonso noticed that there were no bar events for the HIV+ Community and set out to create POZ-TO (a monthly social event where people could connect, make new friends or even date while being out about their status). Over the years, POZ-TO has not only raised money for PWA, but also for AIDS Committee Toronto, Support Our Youth, Casey House, Durham AIDS Region, Black CAP, Toronto Latinos Positivos, The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and Out-N-Poz. Whether it’s behind the DJ booth or in a dress, Alphonso has worked hard to be a visible HIV+ person making a difference in Toronto’s LGBT Community. POZ-TO now holds a new monthly event called DADDY ISSUES at Striker Sports Bar on the first Sunday of each month where he features local DJs who donate their talents to continue raise money for PWA with a fun T-Dance.