A Multi-Issue, Multicultural Movement
Colorado Participants to Meet July 29
Compiled by GayToday
Boulder, Colorado--Calling themselves "a group of people eager to see the development of a strong, visible, politicized gay men's health movement in the United States" planners are inviting participants to meet between July 29 and August 1, 1999 in Boulder, Colorado, to launch an ambitious effort.
Motivations for health for calling this "summit" are diverse.
Some planners have been working in AIDS or gay men's health for several decades and are interested in creating a stronger, more visible grassroots movement among gay men focused on a range of health concerns.
"We come from different locations, cultures, generations, and professions, but we share common concerns about improving gay men's health and wellness, strengthening our local communities and subcultures, and enlisting service providers, activists, health professionals, researchers, writers and cultural workers in our efforts. And all of us are committed to ensuring that gay men under 35--many of whom have never participated in Boulder."
The summit will include speakers, panels, workshops, and organizing meetings on a range of topics including, though not limited to:
Health promotion for gay men of color
Substance use and abuse
The implications which gender and masculinity have for gay men's health
Health issues facing older men: prostate cancer, heart disease, lung cancer
The politics and health issues emerging from circuit parties
Making young gay men into health advocates
Model gay men's health projects
Changes in gay cultures in response to the increasing centrality of cyberspace
Sex debates in gay male communities and community health implications
The politics and health issues emerging from barebacking
A new generation of HIV prevention for gay men
Rural gay men's health needs
Tensions between various gay generations
Mental health issues facing gay men of all colors
Activism focused on gay men's sexual health and access to technologies
The summit planners consider their effort "a humble, grassroots organizing effort with ambitious aims." They say it has no big-money sponsors or large organizations leading the effort.
An announcement reads: "We welcome all people motivated to improve the well-being of gay male communities to participate and we invite programming ideas focused on any population or subculture identifying as gay men."
Organizers plan to limit the summit to 250 registrants and expect to be at capacity by June. Participants are advised to register and to make housing reservations immediately. The conference site is the Regal Harvest House in Boulder and it is wheelchair accessible.
Registration and Housing Information:
Programming and Workshops: Eric Rofes at 415-255-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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