We work to uphold Black principled leadership within our organizations and communities that embodies and affirms Black values and liberatory practices. Our work demands transparency and holding Black organizations and leadership accountable.
What are the values and principles that should underlie the practice of leadership in the HIV movement and in our community organizations, including organizations indigenous to Black communities?
We value Black spaces for gathering and strategizing. The freedom to choose is central to inclusive practices for engagement. Our work mobilizes diverse Black communities to meaningfully engage in HIV and broader justice work connected to ending the impact of HIV on Black communities.
What strategies are needed to be better organize and engage Black communities in transformational change?
We work to democratize power and amplify policy approaches that destigmatize and decriminalize Black bodies. Centering the knowledge, experiences and voices of the people closest to the problems leads to flexible and expansive policymaking that produces intersectional solutions.
What are the federal, state, and local policy changes that, if enacted, would have a transformative impact on the Black health and liberation?
We value our interconnectedness and honor our differences. Naming and addressing the realities of how HIV impacts various members of Black communities differently is important. At the same time, acknowledging and voicing the harms we cause one another can move us to empathy and healing. Our work deepens intersectional solidarity among Black sub communities and across justice movements. This is critical to our collective health and liberation.
How can we build internal solidarity across identities and priorities to advance HIV work within Black communities?
We value sex positivity and sexual expression as a form of liberation. To love our bodies and hold an affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness is central to our liberation from traditional expectations of gender, relationship structures, sexuality, and sexual roles.
How can Black communities move toward embracing diverse expressions of gender and sexuality as a part of ending the HIV epidemic?