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The Great Disruption: Carving Out a New Path for Black Gay Men in HIV Advocacy

As we contemplate the way forward for black gay men in this country and most critically how we build a movement, it is crucial that we take a step back to consider our approach. Our approach must be rooted in a commitment to building power, which means that our work has to be community-driven, culturally relevant, and value the impact of meaningful and transformative experiences in our lives. We must have the courage to rival the breathtaking level of scientific advancement in the clinical realm with moral clarity and political will in the community realm. Policy solutions are important, as are medical strategies, but these cannot come at the expense of movement building, these things are all inseparable. Scientific advancement cannot mean our black gay men’s communities are weakened, our organizations fail and our movement leaders are replaced by programmatic managers. This cannot happen.

Posted By: Charles Stephens, Founder and Director of Counter Narrative Project and the co-editor of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call - Monday, February 02, 2015


SMYAL has #PrideInPrevention

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy, including learning to become leaders in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Posted By: Sultan Shakir, Executive Director, SMYAL - Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Hispanic Black Gay Coalition has #PrideInPrevention

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) works to inspire and empower Hispanic, Latino, and Black LGBTQ communities to improve their lives through activism, education, outreach and counseling. Since 2009, we have worked to bring culturally grounded services and programs to the Greater Boston area. Some of our programs involve youth leadership development, support for survivors of partner abuse, identity support groups, and Gay-Straight Alliance support. Although HBGC is not a direct AIDS Service Organization (ASO), we believe all of our services and programs are preventative in nature and exist to empower and uplift those most at-risk for HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: Corey Yarbrough, Executive Director, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) - Tuesday, December 02, 2014


A World AIDS Day Conversation: Darlene Nipper and Michael Kaplan

Darlene Nipper, National LGBTQ Task Force Deputy Executive Director with Michael Kaplan, President & CEO of AIDS United, discuss challenges and opportunities to end the HIV epidemic on World AIDS Day.

Posted By: AIDS United - Monday, December 01, 2014


Next Steps for PrEP

In cities like San Francisco, where I sit, a relentless focus on increasing the number of HIV-positive people taking anti-retroviral medications early in infection has been primarily responsible for improvements in their health outcomes, and reducing HIV incidence. With new HIV cases numbering some 1,200 a year a decade ago, San Francisco now estimates that there will have been some 330 new cases in 2013. As a group of agencies develop a strategy for “Getting to Zero” in San Francisco, the plan’s architects firmly believe that PrEP could have an important effect on incidence, too.

Posted By: Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director, Project Inform - Friday, May 23, 2014


B Poppin’ for Prevention

When we heard of making a video project based on the question of “What’s in Your HIV Toolbox?” our creative team went crazy with excitement. In the field of HIV Prevention, we constantly work to creatively reach out to the community – breaking down stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and spreading prevention messages. In addition, many of our communication to at-risk communities, especially young gay and bisexual men continues to evolve using social media, phone apps, video and texting. The video project provided a perfect platform to create a fun, yet educational video about HIV prevention.

Posted By: Chris Rudisill, Director of LGBT Community Center Services Metro Wellness and Community Centers - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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