Post submitted by Noel Gordon, HRC Foundation Coordinator 

Yesterday, the National Minority AIDS Council announced a new youth-based initiative in collaboration with the Magic Johnson Foundation and Advocates for Youth. The program is designed to “cultivate leadership in young people and help them foster stronger relationships so they can emerge as more effective leaders to end HIV/AIDS in America.”

HIV/AIDS continues to be a critical issue for the LGBT community and a priority for Human Rights Campaign. HIV disproportionately affects youth, particularly young gay and bisexual men of color. According to NMAC, approximately 25 percent of all new infections occur in youth and between 2007 and 2010, there was a 22 percent increase among gay men aged 13 to 24. 

Fortunately, programs like the Youth Initiative to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America are focused on self-empowerment, community building, and creating change. Such programs are crucial given the hardships many LGBT youth face on a daily basis. To learn more about the initiative, visit NMAC

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