In 2020, we expanded our programs to include the Kitchen Table/Mesa de Cocina program to provide access to fresh groceries, meal cards, and online cooking classes. We also expanded S.T.Y.L.E: Strength Through Youth/Young Adults Living Empowered, a life skills program for Black GBQ men ages 18-35 that has already served 45 men to date, and Y.A.L.P.: Youth/Young Adults Living Positively, providing emotion and mind wellness support for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) living with HIV regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.
This year we are launching our nclude our PrEP Peer Navigator program that will expand access and utilization of PrEP services by and for Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) men ages 18 – 35 living in Central Florida.
New and strengthened strategic partnerships were crucial in responding to the pandemic, specifically for LGBTQ+ communities. The Bros in Convo Initiative
(TBICI) is proud to be a member of the One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of over 40 service based organizations that provide LGBTQ+ specific programs to the Central Florida LGBT+ community. We are also a proud member of the Central Florida LGBTQ+ Mutual Aid Network, support those most marginalized in during the COVID crisis: LGBTQ+ individuals, undocumented individuals, and BIPOC.
As our local community continues to grow, so do the partnership, programs, and services that we provide. The Bros in Convo Initiative (TBICI) remains dedicated to promoting and protecting the health equity and well-being of Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) men in Central Florida.