STATEMENT OF URGENCY:
CRISIS AMONG BLACK GAY MEN IN ARKANSAS
The silence that ushered in the beginning of the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980’s has again gripped our nation and unfortunately in Arkansas we find that most offer more than sympathy for a crisis that continues to claim thousands of gay men’s lives each year. In Arkansas we have now surpassed 2,440 who have lost the battle with this disease. The acute and sustained effects of oppression, stigma and homophobia negate any progress that is being made toward equality, and we have determined that Black gay men in Arkansas experience rejection and discrimination at personal and institutional levels. Even though barriers exist and challenges persist, we are committed to examining existing programs and the allocation of resources targeting Black gay men in this state. In addition, further investment in federal funding for prevention programs is paramount as we embrace the premise that the “dollars should follow the epidemic,” logic. With support from our cadre of allies, supporters and partners we will continue to advocate for developing new and innovative programming while seeking to adopt sound and holistic policies that will impact the lives of Black gay men in Arkansas. It’s our pledge as a collective to realize that progress toward change will take time but our dedication to address this health crisis among Black gay men is renewed and unyielding.
The time is now for you to join The Living Affected Corporation in the fight to educate and advocate for marginalized communities. Your donation can help this organization to promote holistic, positve sexual and reproductive health for all. Our mission as a 501c3 organization is to provide prevention messages and methods to dismantle social and economic barriers while demanding a comprehensive system of HIV care in Arkansas. Our secure portal is ready for your contribution at http://www.livingaffected.org/ Can we count on you today. call us at 1.877.902.7HIV or send your support to The Living Corporation, P.O. Box 46558, Little Rock, AR 72214-6558