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The Center for Black Equity (CBE) has convened a meeting of our membership fourteen times since 1999. The objectives of this meeting are to map out advocacy and organizations priorities for the Black LGBTQ community in the United States through best practices and bringing together subject experts. Every December, the CBE surveys each member organization to ascertain their organizational priorities and needs, and advocacy issues for the forthcoming year. The CBE takes the top local priorities and overlay these with our national priorities to develop a meeting agenda which encompasses both local and national priorities.

The convening usually takes place just before a Black Pride event (Houston Splash in 2017) and consist of two-days joint workshops lead by subject experts with one or two breakout session per day. The CBE 2017 national agenda will include Strategies to Increase Financial Stability in the Black LGBTQ Community; Understanding and Addressing LGBTQ Elder Issues; Removing the Community Taboos to Accessing Mental Health Services in the Black LGBTQ Community and Making the Case for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for men and women. Additional agenda items will be added after collating the membership survey results.

Meeting Participants:

Meeting participants will be representing Black Prides and POC CBOs from the following cities: Boston; Albany, NY; Rochester, NY; NYC; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Raleigh/Durham; Charlotte; Columbia, SC; Charleston, SC: Atlanta; Jacksonville, FL; Gainesville, FL; Orlando; South Florida (Ft Lauderdale/Miami), Jackson, MS, New Orleans; Memphis; Nashville; Little Rock, AK; Lexington, KY; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; Columbus; Cincinnati; Detroit; Indianapolis; Chicago; Milwaukee; Twin Cities, MN; St. Louis; Kansas City, MO: Denver; Omaha, NE; Austin, TX; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio, TX

Download the 2017 Conference Schedule