Seattle Black Pride reached a new milestone this past week when the organization was awarded a two-year contract for $200,000 from Public Health, Seattle & King County to provide HIV prevention programming focusing on Black Men who have Sex with Men. Many of you may be familiar with the “Body and Soul” program which was implemented over the past year. These funds will allow us to continue and expand this program over the next two years so that we can reach more people in our community with important information about their sexual health in a way that appreciates and recognizes our culture as black gay men and MSM (Men who have Sex with other Men).
It has been the vision of SBP’s Board of Directors to create an organization that both celebrates and organizes our community through social events and also provides important resources, advocacy, and promotes the health of our community. We recognize that this is only the beginning of programming as the organization must be inclusive of all the diversity and issues we face in Seattle Black LGBT community. However, in our second year as an organization, this is absolutely an honor and a step in the right direction.
A BIG thanks to the SBP Board of Directors for their hard work in making this happen! Also a BIG thanks to staff and volunteers who participated in the program last year for their support.
SBP’s vision is guided by community input and involvement, so please come to the monthly SBP community meetings. Please check for updates on the Body and Soul program and upcoming programs for LGBT Women of color in the coming year.