We are responsible for our lives and in that responsibility we are called to act. The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is a national movement of young Black men addressing issues disproportionately affecting our peers, with a particular focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment. We are a cadre of young Black gay, bisexual, same-gender loving men from around the country answering key questions around how we must mobilize and stop HIV from reeking havoc within our 18 – 29 community.
As the Chair of YBGLI, I welcome you and look forward to your involvement within our movement. To date, YBGLI has hosted a number of national webinars filled with rich content. Biomedical Prevention for Young Black Gay Men and the Affordable Care Act Blueprint for Young Black MSM are just two examples of the kind of critical information we endeavor to bring to our communities. In addition, we successfully planned and hosted the 2012 YBGLI Policy and Advocacy Summit where the Initiative brought 53 Young Black Gay, Bisexual and SGL Men to Washington, DC. During this two and a half day training, we exchanged dialogue between the diverse and varied backgrounds of YBMSM and facilitated the expansion of advocacy efforts with YBMSM throughout the United States.
In the coming year, YBGLI looks forward to continuing with 2014 YBGLI Policy and Advocacy Summit, webinars and timely reports; spreading the message that changing the disproportionate rates of HIV infection has to be inclusive of young voices at all levels of research, advocacy and community mobilization.
If you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter @YBGLI and Like us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in the movement.
Daniel D. Driffin, Chair
Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world, indeed, it’s the only that that ever has” – Unknown