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On This World AIDS Day, I Celebrate Black Gay Men

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

My greatest fear is that other young gay men of color will allow themselves to forget that their lives matter. Out of this conviction grows a powerful force -- a combination of logic and emotion -- that has convinced me that not only am I my brother's keeper, but that I am my brother.

AIDS Is Still an Issue

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

There are now more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and around 200,000 remain unaware of their infection. A larger number are not stably engaged in care. Moreover, more than 50,000 Americans have become newly infected with HIV each year for more than a decade.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 2)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

How do we reconcile the explicit messages we present to black gay men countering homophobia and HIV stigma with the messages we imply through our HIV closets? Where is the integrity in challenging gay men to relinquish their imbedded shame as we demonstrate and justify our own?

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 1)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

Stigma cannot be dislodged unless more HIV-positive people come out of our viral closets and break down the barricades of fear and silence. It is no secret that black gay men bear the highest HIV burden. Our condition demands that we unleash the radical.

The Promise Of Equality: Fighting HIV Among African Americans

Ernest Hopkins | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Ernest Hopkins

By increasing HIV status awareness among disproportionately affected African-Americans, we can take full advantage of our new biomedical understanding of the value of treatment as prevention. This approach improves health outcomes for the individual, and for the greater community.

To End AIDS Among Black Gay And Bi Men, There's A Need For Action

Daniel Tietz | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Tietz

The fight against HIV will never be effective if we only address HIV without also responding to the structural issues that affect the lives of black gay and bisexual men, including limited access to affordable housing, homelessness, extreme poverty, poor education options, etc.

Looking Beyond HIV When It Comes To Gay Men Of Color

Aundaray Guess | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Instead of throwing a condom in a young gay black man's hand, first look at what his world looks like. What are his life circumstances? What societal barriers prevent him from getting the message on HIV? Does he feel that he has any worth?

Sex, God, Race, And AIDS

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

As African Americans get infected with HIV and die at shocking rates, we must all take stock, assess, and act. White LGBT people must intentionally break racial barriers that create de facto segregation. Worship together, socialize together, serve together, and be honest together.

Black, Gay, HIV-Positive... And Now A College Graduate!

Aundaray Guess | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

My diploma symbolizes the fact that no matter what obstacles I may face, once I stop blocking my own success, I can do it. Despite the fact that I've been living with HIV for 25-plus years, I now have something I thought I'd never have: an unlimited world waiting for me.

White House Convenes Conference Around HIV In LGBT Communities

Charles Stephens | Posted 06.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

We finally are starting to scratch the surface of the depth of the HIV crisis among young black men who have sex with men (MSM). It was the spirit of persistence to find answers that many of us brought to the White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, Ga. on April 19.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Fighting Stigma and Marginalization

Ernest Hopkins | Posted 04.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Ernest Hopkins

When we support organizations around the world that fight stigma and marginalization, and when we address the holistic needs of young black gay men, we tear down the barriers to education, social capital, and high-quality, comprehensive medical treatment and care.

A Seat at the Table: How Empowering Young, Black, Gay Men to Lead Can Address Spikes in HIV

Charles Stephens | Posted 01.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

It is impossible to discuss HIV/AIDS in the black community without addressing the importance of tolerance. It is up to us -- relatives, co-workers and friends -- to engage our black gay brothers in a conversation that is constructive and rooted in concern.