The follow guest post comes from Anthony Roberts, Jr., Vice Chair of the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative:
The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative, or YBGLI, is a national movement of young Black men addressing issues disproportionately affecting their peers. The initiative has a particular focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment. YBGLI is a collection of committed young Black gay, bisexual, same gender loving and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from around the country. YBGLI is an initiative of the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition. YBGLI is currently comprised of eight committee or and a Project Manager. OC members are diverse in geographic location, education and careers. Members bring their unique time and talents to aid in the progression of the initiative.
In September 2012, YBGLI held its first Policy and Advocacy Summit (PAS) in Washington, DC. For three days, 53 youth and young adult Black MSM convened to discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic and learn ways they can contribute to the movement. Topics discussed included: research, policy, advocacy, leadership, health disparities and mobilization. The YBGLI is pleased to announce the 2014 Policy and Advocacy Summit. The Summit will convene in Atlanta, Georgia from Wednesday, April 2 – Friday, April 4, 2014. The purpose of the 2014 PAS will build the capacity and leadership of young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in order to: a) more effectively influence and impact domestic knowledge and information sharing of YBMSM; and b) improve HIV prevention, care and treatment mobilization efforts for this population.
As we acknowledge National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, YBGLI strives to be a voice for young Black MSM. Its mission is to continuously represent the community in policy, health and outreach conversations. This landmark day is not only meant to remind us of our need to be aware of HIV/AIDS and it’s impact on our population but also a kindle of hope to defeat the epidemic. Entities like YBGLI and others exist faith of one day having an HIV/AIDS free young, Black MSM generation. For more information about YBGLI visit ybgli.org.
HRC is proud to cosponsor the 2014 YBGLI Summit. Click here to find out how HRC is working to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the stigma surrounding the disease.