#ColorsRNotShame: Egypt's Recent LGBT Crackdown

Published: October 30, 2017

by Greg Tartaglione, Sr. Communications Officer A recent government crackdown targeting same-sex behavior in Egypt is cause for concern for human rights defenders all over the world. On Friday September 22nd, two individuals were photographed holding a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo for the Lebanese indie-rock band Machrou’ Leila, whose lead singer is openly gay. The photo sparked …

Activists in Focus: Karen Badalyan of the South Caucus Network on HIV/AIDS

Published: October 27, 2017

Karen Badalyan is the co-founder of the South Caucasus Network on HIV/AIDS (SCN), an innovative partnership that works to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for men who have sex with men and transgender people. MSMGF: Tell us a little bit about the context you work in. Karen: The first thing that we have to distinguish …

Activists in Focus: Elie Ballan of M-Coalition

Published: October 25, 2017

Elie Ballan is the director of M-Coalition, an organization based out of Lebanon that works on promoting sexual health and rights of MSM throughout the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region. MSMGF: Tell us a little bit about the context you work in. Elie: M-Coalition works on LGBT rights in a region where it is 100% criminalized. The HIV …

Three New Members of MSMGF's Youth Reference Group

Published: October 23, 2017

This October, MSMGF recruited three new members to its Youth Reference Group (YRG) to increase our capacity to advocate for the sexual health and human rights of young gay and bisexual men worldwide. Established in early 2010, the YRG is composed of young gay and bisexual advocates working for the health and human rights of young MSM in their respective regions …

Legal Consultation in Tanzania Raided by Local Police

Published: October 20, 2017

The following is a joint press statement Issued by Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) October 20, 2016 • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, a legal consultation convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by the Tanzanian …

Advocating for Change: Speaking Out Training in East Africa

Published: October 18, 2017

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and our long-time partners at Ishtar MSM, hosted Speaking Out, a five-day advocacy training in Nairobi, Kenya. A group of advocates from East Africa rolled up their sleeves to work, exchange, share, learn, envision, and create possibilities for changes through advocacy. Speaking Out is MSMGF’s long-standing advocacy training program which aims to bolster …

MSMGF Honored as Beneficiary of Lazy Bear Fund

Published: October 16, 2017

In 1996, Harry Lit organized a modest weekend gathering for the gay “bear” community in the beautiful and scenic Guerneville, California on the Russian River just north of San Francisco. Aware of the marginalization and lack of spaces for gay men who did not fit the mainstream gay scene, Lit used the event to establish the Lazy Bear Fund (LBF) …

Remarks from the UNAIDS Global Prevention Coalition

Published: October 10, 2017

The Global Prevention Coalition meeting is an opportunity for UN Member States, members of civil society, philanthropists, academics and international organizations to generate support for the launch of a global HIV prevention coalition. The meeting is currently taking place at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please read our latest joint publication Reconsidering Primary Prevention of HIV: New …

No End to HIV Until Human Rights of Key Populations are Protected

Published: October 9, 2017

Last week, MSMGF attended the UN’s Human Rights Council Social Forum on “the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of the HIV epidemic and other communicable diseases and other epidemics.” An annual three-day meeting in Geneva, the Social Forum is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations. …

ACT NOW: Leaders Call on UN to Address Key Populations in Primary Prevention of HIV

Published: October 9, 2017

More than 175 leaders in the field of global sexual health and human rights have endorsed a new publication that lays out steps for a strengthened and more comprehensive global HIV prevention response ahead of this year’s UNAIDS Global Prevention Coalition meeting. Click here to Sign the Call to Action Download a PDF of Reconsidering Primary Prevention of HIV Available …

Reconsidering Primary Prevention of HIV: New Steps Forward in The Global Response

Published: October 4, 2017

Download the Publication  Available in English| Español |  Français Click here to Sign the Call to Action Lead by MSMGF in conjunction with global key population networks GATE, IRGT, GNP+, NSWP, ICW, INPUD, and the Platform, this new publication emphasizes the need for a nuanced strategy that combines the efficacy of new biomedical interventions with the guidance and leadership of communities …

Is PEPFAR Leaving Behind Key Populations?

Published: September 28, 2017

MSMGF expresses deep concern about the new PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) launched last week by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is one of the largest donors to the global fight against HIV, and it is widely seen as one of the most effective and strategic programs the …