Who We Are

The Bros in Convo Initiative is a Black, Queer lead community-based organization in Orlando, FL providing capacity building trainings, health education, linkage to HIV prevention services, peer support, and referrals to community resources in Central Florida. Fiscally sponsored by Miracle of Love, Inc.

Our Mission

To provide comprehensive health education, STI prevention linkage, and peer support to Black gay, bisexual. queer, and same gender loving 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 and Brown GBQ/SGL men ages 18 – 35 with a vision to build community among young Black GBQ/SGL men while address the health inequities they experience.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 The Bros in Convo Initiative provided linkage to HIV prevention (Condoms, PrEP/PEP, Ryan White, Speciality Care), health education, and peer support for Black GBQ/SGL[+] ages 18 – 35 living in Central Florida. To date, the organization has provided health education to an estimated 5,500 Black GBQ/SGL[+] men living in the Deep South (including Central Florida), linked 600 Black GBQ/SGL[+] men to HIV prevention services in Central Florida, and provided peer support to 500 Black GBQ/SGL[+] men in Central Florida.

In 2019, The Bros in Convo Initiative expanded its 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 efforts to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The organization 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).

The organization has recently launched a few programs: Be Kind to Your Mind, an all-inclusive peer-led emotional mind health gathering for community members in collaboration with Peer Support Space and Youth/Young Adults Living Pozitively, a peer-led emotional/mind health cohort of People of Color ages 18 – 35 living with HIV; and Strength Through Youth/Young Adults Living Empowered Program, an education and empowerment cohort for Black GBQ/SGL[+] men ages 18 – 35.

As our local community continues to grow, so do the programs that we provide. The Bros in Convo Initiative remains dedicated to promoting and protecting the health equity and well-being of Black GBQ/SGL men in Central Florida.