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The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) will recognize February as the month of Brotherly Love to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month. CBGMC will host and support an array of community events that will be directed at inspiring brotherly love amongst all Black men – gay, bisexual, and straight.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), observed on Thurs., Feb. 7th, provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge the challenges that we continue to face in the fight against HIV/AIDS within our communities and to celebrate the many successes that we have achieved to date. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black gay and bisexual men bear the greatest burden of HIV when compared to our racial and sexual counterparts. However, recent studies suggest that efforts to turn the tide on the HIV/AIDS epidemic are working – interventions have begun to decrease the number of the people unaware of their status and have linked more brothers into healthcare services.
“Together, through increased brotherly love and community mobilization, CBGMC pledges to get more Black men educated, tested, treated and involved in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS,” states Keith Green, board chairman of CBGMC. It is our hope to continue to bring together all Black men to further strategize about how we can collaborate to strengthen and improve the well-being of our community.”
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, CBGMC has partnered with the organizers of Black Pride and a number of health organizations, including Project Brotherhood and Howard Brown Health Center,to provide the community with free HIV and STI testing.
Join CBGMC, throughout the month of February, in our efforts to challenge cultural norms, promote health management, explore relationship dynamics, and fight to protect all families – gay and straight – through the campaign for marriage equality.
Events scheduled during the month of Brotherly Love include: