In 2020, we expanded our community programming to include S.T.Y.L.E: Strength Through Youth/Young Adults Living Empowered, a life skills program for gay and queer BIPOC ages 18-35 and Y.A.L.P.: Youth/Young Adults Living Positively, a peer-led emotion and mind wellness program for BIPOC living with HIV regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.
In 2021, we launched our PrEP Peer Navigator program that expands access and utilization of PrEP services by and for gay and queer BIPOC living in Central Florida. We expanded Mesa de Cocina, a health and nutrition program in partnership with QLatinx, providing BIPOC with no-cost access to fresh groceries, kitchen essentials, meal cards, and online cooking classes. We also increased empowerment and healing of BIPOC non-binary, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming individuals living in Central Florida through our launch of Flower Boi Blooms (FBB), a Trans-led initiative that provides no-cost gender-affirming chest binders.
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, supporting those most marginalized during the COVID crisis: LGBTQ+ individuals, undocumented individuals, and BIPOC.
As our local community continues to grow, so do the programs and services that TBICI provides. We remain dedicated to building community, educating, and empowering gay and queer individuals of color living in Central Florida when it comes to their emotion, mind, and physical wellness.