The LGBT Expo 2016 presents:
Gay Mens Health Crisis
This past weekend at The LGBT Expo at the Javits Center we met an amazing woman who just put a smile on our faces the minute we met her. She was welcoming, fun, sassy and confident. She was also obviously very serious and passionate about her cause.
Meet Ms. Antoinette Barkley – a group facilitator for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She was also showing off information for another group within GMHC: Women’s Care, Prevention and Support Services (WCPSS). Their mission statement is to end the epidemic of AIDs. Ms. Barkley was handing out different kinds of condoms, lubrication, as well as educational materials on a wide range of subjects. She wanted to spread awareness and hope.
I think she did a great job.
Find out more about GMHC below:
Who We Are
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.
Our Mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
What We Believe
- With the right information, care and support, it is possible to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
- When people feel a sense of community, are empowered with pride and armed with information, they’re able to model healthy behaviors, build relationships and experience hope.
- To end the AIDS epidemic, we need comprehensive solutions that promote education, increase awareness, improve care, reduce stigma, elevate policy and build strong, supportive communities.
How We Make a Difference
- Answers that give hope: Whether it’s getting tested, living with HIV/AIDS, succeeding at home and work or elevating our voice for policy change, we provide answers that give hope.
- Care that promotes health: We understand the root causes of the disease and take a holistic approach to care — from medical treatment and counseling to legal services and job placement — that promotes total well-being for your whole life.
- We help you develop meaningful relationships within the GMHC community, receive support and give back to others along the way, so you feel a sense of
confidence and pride that empowers your life on your terms.
Why It Matters
AIDS is not over. In fact, awareness is down as new infections are up — including among women, people of color and men who have sex with men. The roots of the epidemic are wide and deep, from stigma and misinformation to the increasing cost of care. At GMHC, we believe we can end the epidemic by addressing the underlying causes, shifting cultural beliefs and promoting smart behaviors that empower a healthy life for all of us.
In 1981, six gay men (and their friends) gathered in writer Larry Kramer’s living room to address the “gay cancer” and raise money for research. This informal meeting provided the foundation for what would soon become Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In 1982, an answering machine in the home of volunteer Rodger McFarlane acted as the first AIDS hotline — receiving over 100 calls the first night. Today, GMHC continues to pioneer HIV prevention, care and advocacy.
Fight AIDS. Love Life.
Since before AIDS had a name and until the epidemic is over, GMHC will continue to fight AIDS and love life. To learn more about GMHC or how you can donate, volunteer, tour the agency, or become a client, visit www.gmhc.org, contact us by email, or call 212.367.1000. GMHC is located on 446 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001-2601.
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