A community leader with over 15 years of training, education advocacy, counseling and social work experience beginning as a youth HIV/AIDS advocate consultant and continuing with increased levels of responsibility in management. Varied background in administration, social work, homeless systems, HIV/AIDS treatment-services-prevention, mental health and alcohol and drug therapy. Expert experience with working diverse populations in particular to MSMs of color to include in-depth detail psychosocial assessments.
Presentation: Tens or Chops: Reaching the House and Ballroom Community
Time: Breakout Session 1
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Black and Latino youth of color (YOC) often experience systemic oppression, resulting in disparate rates of unemployment, incarceration, homelessness, and adverse health outcomes. In turn, some of these youth, seek solace in the House and Ball Community (HBC), a subset of Black and Latino LGBTQ culture. One component of HBC are houses, or groups of tight-knit chosen kin, which compete against each other at events known as balls. HBC provides a source for social support for LGBTQ YOC including a family structure, mentorship, and affirmation of gender and sexual identities traditionally stigmatized by other communities.
1. Enhance their knowledge on the long history of the HBC – Develop an entry level understanding of the unique language associated with the HBC to include category descriptions of balls.
2. Gain an insight into the culture and cultural influence of the HBC on the GLBT of color community.
3. Learn best practices for interaction, outreach, and access to the HBC.