Community Organizing

2017

According to the CDC, black gay men are disproportionately impacted by HIV compared to other demographic groups in the United States. They report the highest incidence rates nationally. In addition, black men remain vulnerable to HIV criminalization laws that would prosecute those who knowingly transmit and expose HIV to others; however, some of these laws need to be reexamined (CDC) The high rates of black men living with HIV and the criminalization of black men living with HIV is both a failure of public health service delivery and negligence in policy creation. In order to improve conditions for black gay men, Overtones will encourage black gay men to become more civically engaged in policy and public health work to improve community vulnerabilities to HIV and HIV criminal laws. Overtones will also encourage allies to seek out the expertise of black gay leadership and support the mobilization of black gay communities.