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).