Ontario Black Gay men's Summit Declaration
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 12:41 PM
ACCHO will host the Ontario Black Gay Men's Summit - Cultures of Sexuality and Black Men's Health - on March 26-28, 2010 in Toronto at the Ramada Hotel (300 Jarvis Street). 

The Summit is a free event for African, Caribbean, and Black gay and bisexual men, transmen and queer men from Ontario. The Summit program will feature presentations, workshops and discussions on issues related to sexuality, culture, health, social justice and community. 

Organized by a community steering committee on behalf of ACCHO, the Summit is part of ACCHO's efforts to engage African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario in responding to HIV/AIDS. Responding effectively to HIV requires a broad understanding of the social conditions related to health and wellbeing, and strategies that harness the potential and strength of African, Caribbean and Black communities. 

The Summit is a follow-up to the MaBwana Black Men's Study of vulnerability to HIV among African, Caribbean, and Black gay and bisexual men in Toronto. Though some MaBwana participants were at risk for HIV, participants also understood themselves as agents of change rather than merely as victims of the epidemic. The Summit discussions will feature many of the issues raised in MaBwana, which are common to African, Caribbean and Black gay and bisexual men, transmen and queer men throughout Ontario. 

Cultures of Sexuality and Black Men's Health promises to be an informative and empowering event for African, Caribbean, and Black gay and bisexual men, transmen and queer men from across Ontario.