Project Health Living welcomes African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) to their second annual ManDate Health and Wellness Conference, held in Washington, DC, Nov. 8-10. The event will provide a forum for more than 100 MSM to discuss strategies for keeping healthy.
"I Am a Man" is the theme for the conference, which will look at issues such as HIV/AIDS, holistic health, physical fitness, mental health, legal and financial Issues, and faith initiatives, among others.
"The theme ’I Am A Man’ is a declarative statement as much as it is an affirmation, and an invitation to re-imagine what it means to be black gay and/or same gender-loving men," said Rev. Macarthur Flournoy, director for Faith Partnerships & Mobilization with the HRC Foundation and media representative for The Mandate Conference.
Conference participants will be welcomed on Friday evening by a reception at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center followed by a performance of Alan Sharpe’s "Aural Sex," a compilation of readings from a number of his short plays.
Saturday morning will feature a keynote address by clinician/researcher David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a noted expert in HIV and behavioral HIV research with black men in the United States. Following this are various workshops and panels on health and wellness, credit management and financial literacy, home ownership and family building options for same-sex couples, including fostering and adoption.
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