At AIDS.gov we have been fortunate enough to share with you voices from the community of men dedicated to amplifying the response to HIV among Black men who have sex with men (MSM). Our Black Voices blog series brings together young black leaders who are using new media to make a difference for black MSM at the risk of HIV infection. With young Black/African American MSM, experiencing the largest increase in numbers of diagnoses of HIV infection of all racial/ethnic groups—from 3,762 diagnoses in 2008 to 4,619 diagnoses in 2011, it is important to address these topics of community leadership, prevention, and care in order to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
Next week, Anthony Roberts, Jr., one of our bloggers, will facilitate the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) 2014 Policy & Advocacy Summit . Anthony is the Vice Chair of YBGLI and he also spearheaded the Initiative’s social media efforts. He told us “The 2014 Policy & Advocacy Summit brings together 55 extraordinary young Black MSM for 2 and 1/2 days to take part in an experience unlike any other. With over 12 sessions ranging from discussing the Affordable Care Act and it’s impact on young Black gay men to how to survive as a young Black gay professional, this summit covers much needed ground.”
The Summit will take place April 2-4, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. The event will help build the capacity and leadership of young Black MSM so that they can more effectively share knowledge and information about the issues facing young Black MSM today, and improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment mobilization efforts for this population. For more details on the Summit, see the YBGLI Media Advisory .
“To connect with those outside of our summit walls, we encourage the community at large to take part in the conversation. Tell us your stories on our Facebook page, tweet us your questions and reactions to the discussions taking place using the hashtag #ybgli because want to hear from you,” said Mr. Roberts. As part of this event, YBGLI will host a Twitter Town Hall on the portrayal of black gay men in the media . The Twitter Town Hall will be held on Thursday, April 3, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), as part of a panel discussion with a live audience. Twitter users can join this conversation using the same #ybgli . Online viewers can watch the panel discussion via visiting YBGLI YouTube Channel for a live feed.