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BEE BUSY HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO GAY MEN

Students, business professionals, CEOs, entrepreneurs and community leaders will meet at the first forum to bring together a diverse coalition of young gay men to work through the difficulties of discovering and developing their sexuality or gender identity in a healthy and responsible manner in a fully immersive all-day conference.

Bee Busy, Inc, in partnership with the City of Houston Department of Health and Humans Services (HDHHS) will host the First Annual B2M Conference (Boys Become Men and Men Become Mentors). The Conference will take place in the Great Hall at the University of Houston Athletic & Student Alumni Center, Friday October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013 and will feature distinguished speakers and participants that come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.

The theme of this year’s conference is “We Stand Together” and speakers will include, City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Cornelius Baker, Senior Advisor-National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition; along with film producer Antoine Craigwell. The B2M Conference starts on Friday evening at 6:00pm with the groundbreaking and taboo-shattering documentary, “You Are Not Alone.” The documentary will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to meet the producer.

In the documentary, Black gay men are telling their stories, and are breaking an inherent taboo of silence in the Black community and speaking out about their struggles with depression: the circumstances which led to their downward spiral, how they lived with it, and more significantly, how they overcame and survived it. The film is a product of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), Inc.

“At a decisive time in the struggle for LGBT rights, young gay men will convene to mobilize and strategize for the first time in Houston with hard-hitting round table discussions and skills-building workshops,” says Bee Busy, Executive Director Darcy Padgett. “The movement for equality is making great strides, but there is much more left to do - from securing protections against discrimination to fighting alarming rates of HIV infection; from tackling anti-LGBT violence, to delivering racial and economic justice for all.”

In its first year, the B2M Conference has attracted over 200 participants from across Houston and launches a dialogue and encourages members of the YMSM community (Young Men who have Sex with Men) to transcend beyond their individual differences to meet on equal terms in order to facilitate a participatory decision-making process. A process that begins a dialogue among members of the community to determine who, what, and how issues are decided, and also to provide an avenue for everyone to participate in decisions that affect their lives in regards to those issues.

The press is invited to attend and cover the conference. For press enquiries, please contact: Lynn Page, 832-352-7406.

 

About Bee Busy Inc: Bee Busy Learning Academy, Inc. (Bee Busy) is a 501 (c) (3) community based, non-profit organization, established in October 2000, providing prevention services throughout Houston, focusing its efforts reaching the highly impacted area of Southwest Houston. As Bee Busy’s mission is to build strong, healthy communities by enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families in vulnerable, at-risk populations, our goals are to increase the awareness of HIV/STI’s, increase the number of persons who know their HIV status through rapid HIV/STI screenings, reduce the transmission of HIV and provide timely linkage to care and treatment for HIV positive people.

 

About B2M: The mission of the B2M Project is to address the issues that face YMSM (Young Men who have Sex with Men) from combating AIDS-related discrimination, and to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life of African American & Hispanic/Latino YMSM in the Greater Houston area. Through education, training, community outreach, coalition building, and research, we promote and uphold the ideals of sexuality and sexual health and the acceptance of YMSM. We offer further assistance to young and questioning youth through B2M, our social and support YMSM-led group.

 

About DBGM: DBGM, Inc. is an organization that consists of volunteers who believe in the maxim: “If, by what I’m doing one Black gay man could be prevented from killing himself, then my job is done; his healing begins.” As an organization, the DBGM mission is to raise awareness of the scourge of depression that destabilizes, debilitates and robs Black gay men of their joy, their sense of purpose, and is a significant hindrance to realizing and achieving their potential. It seeks, through education and information, and using the recently produced documentary as a tool, to encourage Black gay men struggling and suffering in silence from depression to break the taboo in the Black community, which says, “you don’t talk your business to strangers”, and to strengthen their confidence to speak with a mental health professional to begin their healing.

See the documentary trailer at www.yana-thefilm.com

 

Media Contact:

Lynn Page – Pagegirl 101 Solutions

Email: lynn@pagegirl101.com | 832-352-7406

 

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