There are an estimated 1.9 million new HIV infections a year globally, a disproportionate number of which are among young men who have sex with men. HIV responses that are dictated from the top-down suffer from lack of ownership and community assent. We urgently need to support interventions on sexual health and rights that are innovative and strategically deployed by and for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
MSMGF’s Out With It Pre-Meeting and Reception is a day-long interactive youth-led event centered around generating and refining innovative, community-led solutions for the sexual health and rights of young gay and bisexual men.
This official AIDS 2018 pre-meeting will facilitate exchange and discussion among top youth activists, researchers, and community members for MSMGF’s Global Challenge— a call for forward-thinking solutions on sexual health topics such as healthcare access, stigma and discrimination, LGBT rights and more.
Out With It participants will learn about the key issues facing young gay and bisexual men through presentations from the Global Challenge Innovation Teams, as well as work together with Innovation Team leaders to further develop proposals into fully-fledged solutions. Out With It will serve as a platform for incubating and showcasing new ideas. Bring your creativity, critical thinking skills, and personal experiences to drive community solutions for improved sexual health. The Pre-meeting will be immediately followed by a reception.
This year’s MSMGF Pre-Meeting, Out With It, will be youth-led and centered around supporting new community-led solutions for the sexual health and rights of young gay and bisexual men. The title “Out With It” encourages advocates to make their voices heard – to be bold with their ideas and unashamed of their sexuality.
In the coming weeks, we will formally issue a call for 6-8 Innovation Teams to propose community-based solutions for the sexual health and rights of gay and bisexual men ages 15-29. We are looking for forward-thinking youth-led solutions that focus on sexual health topics such as healthcare access, stigma and discrimination, LGBT rights and more.
The format of our pre-meeting will be guided by proposals from successful Innovation Teams. Attendees of this event will work together with team leaders and members of their teams to learn more about the issues that face young gay and bisexual men while developing and refining these proposals into fully-fledged solutions.
The event will culminate in an awards ceremony at MSMGF’s Networking Zone at the AIDS 2018 Global Village where pre-meeting attendees will select one or more solutions to move on to a pilot testing phase after the conference.
Stay tuned for a more detailed call for proposals that will include guidelines for submission and evaluation criteria.
Please note: Space for the Out With It Pre-Meeting and Reception is limited. While registration for the Pre-Meeting is open to everyone, MSMGF is fully committed to making the Pre-Meeting accessible to young gay and bisexual men, men who are living with HIV, and men from low- and middle-income countries that have been traditionally underrepresented at these conferences. Applicants from these groups will be prioritized for admittance.