* This presentation was originally recorded in English. Closed captioning is available in both English and French.
The events of 2020 have forced conversations about resistance and responsibility related to systemic injustice. However, for Black GBT2Q+ folx in Canada, these conversations are not new and have required constant work and awareness. Black same gender loving men have also always found ways to prioritize their own health needs. The Black Gay Men’s Network of Ontario is a centralized hub for same-gender-loving men of African, African diaspora, Afro-Latino, Caribbean, and Black identities. The current organization is the result of collective work over the past 10 years in the province. Its current members will discuss the systemic barriers that necessitate its existence, its past development, and present goals to provide cultural, inter-generational and mentorship opportunities, leadership, self-development, and empowerment as well as activism support aimed at improving the lives of Black queer people in Ontario.
Robert Alsberry, Robert Ball, Diavin Miller, and Frant Brent-Harris (Black Gay Men's Network of Ontario)