Who We Are

The Bros in Convo Initiative (TBICI) is a Black, Queer lead community-based organization in Orlando, FL providing lack gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) ages 18 – 35 in Central Florida with capacity building, community resources, emotion and mind wellness, health education, life skills buidling, linkage to HIV/STI prevention and treatment services, and peer support. Fiscally sponsored by Miracle of Love, Inc.

Our Mission

To provide comprehensive health education, HIV/STI prevention and tretament linkage, and peer support to Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) men ages 18 – 35 living in Central Florida communities.

Our Story

Our organization was founded in September of 2017 in response to the rising number of new HIV cases among Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving (GBQ/SGL) men ages 18 – 35 with a vision to build community while addressing the health inequities they experience.

To date, The Bros in Convo Initiative (TBICI) has provided:

❏ Health education to approximately 5,500 Black GBQ men
❏ Peer support to 500 Black GBQ men
❏ Linkage to HIV status neutral preventive care to 600 Black Central Black GBQ men, 375 of whom were connected to Ryan White and private specialty care
❏ HIV testing to 1,350 primarily BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals.
❏ COVID-19 pandemic response to 246 BIPOC LGBTQ+ individuals (food,
transportation, PPE)

In 2019, we expanded our programming with Building Leaders of Color (BLOC), including three regional trainings for people of color living with HIV in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health. Participants received mentorship, skills, and tools for becoming actively engaged in planning bodies and other eorts to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We also co-launched a Lunch and Learn Academy, a series of six monthly HIV education sessions open to community members of color (including those living with HIV).

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.