On July 31, 2014 CHLP Staff Attorney Rashida Richardson joined with Louis Graham, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Aquarius Gilmer, Regional Affiliate Coordinator, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, in a webinar focused on issues facing black gay men in the South and the development of an advocacy agenda.
Organized by The Counter Narrative Project and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and moderated by The Counter Narrative Project founder Charles Stephens, the webinar dealt with a broad range of issues including; HIV criminalization and incarceration, mental health and trauma, intersectionality, social justice, engaging faith communities, access and barriers to healthcare, and the role of culture in community engagement, mobilization, and building power.
The panelists offered recommendations for responding to the structural issues that impact black gay men in the South, including the social drivers of HIV, and responded to questions.
The entire webinar, entitled “We Are Here: Toward An Advocacy Agenda for Black Gay Men in the South”, is available here in 2 parts in .MOV format. Part 1 is the presentation by the panelists and Part 2 is the question and answer period.