I’m  Special Consultant to ViiV Healthcare’s “Positive Affirmations–ACCELERATE!” Initiative, a bold community engagement effort targeted to Black Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With men (MSM) who reside in and around Baltimore, Maryland.  This groundbreaking Initiative is designed to empower these individuals through health and wellness.

         The overarching goals of “Positive Affirmations–ACCELERATE!” are:  “(1) to connect Black men who identify as Gay, Bisexual, Same Gender Loving or practice MSM Behavior to both formal and personal networks of support; 2) to assist in breaking down stigma and isolation; and 3) to tackle challenges related to homophobia, racism, HIV, mental health and substance abuse.  The program efforts will also expand Black Gay men’s knowledge and understanding of how to access care, advocate for high-quality HIV prevention, treatment and care as well as assist them in meeting their goals to obtain the best quality health care.”

       In particular, I’ll be lending my expertise involving Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPV/A) to the Initiative.    As a journalist, motivational speaker and advocate, IPV/A is my signature issue.  And, IPV/A is the overarching theme of my brand new novel, “Nothing Can Tear Us Apart—FRENZY!”  To learn what esteemed individuals have stated about “FRENZY!”, visit:  wyattevans.com/what-folks-are-sayin-about-frenzy/    

        So, “ACCELERATE!” your “Positive Affirmations!”  Join us for our second Saturday’s ManDate Baltimore “Get Together” Meeting which is scheduled on April 8th, from PM – PM at the GLCCB (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center), located at 2530 N. Charles Street (3rd Floor), Baltimore, MD, 21218 (N. Charles & 25th Sts).  Do spread the word, and invite/bring individuals with you.  A delicious meal will served.    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carlton Smith (carltonsmith@gmail.com) or Duane Taylor (duane@taylor-wilksgroup.com .)  And, visit the ManDate Baltimore Meeting Event Page onFacebook.

     The Center for Black Equity Baltimore and the Taylor-Wilks Group are administering this crucial Initiative.