Six Core Principles
Eight Core Issues
A Call to Action
Help Create the Gay Men's Health Summit 2012July 20-21, 2012
George Washington University, Washington, DC.
We, as a diverse group of health educators, medical providers, policy makers, activists, people with HIV, and members of diverse LGBT communities, invite you to join us in creating the 2012 Gay Men’s Health Summit.
Since 1999, Gay Men’s Health Summits have brought forth powerful new ideas that have helped to create a new generation of leaders and organizations committed to the broad health of gay, bisexual and transgender men. We embrace and welcome all individuals who support the health and well-being of gay, bisexual and transgender men.
Our intent is to honor the spirit and tradition of the previous six summits that have come before. We aim to create a strong, diverse, and increasingly visible grassroots movement among gay, bi and trans men, focused on strengthening our communities and tackling a range of health concerns that include, but are not limited to, HIV and AIDS.
This year’s summit, however, will also be unique in many ways. The 2012 Gay Men’s Health Summit will take place on the campus of George Washington University, located just a few blocks away from the White House. Our Summit will take place July 20th and 21st, and will precede the International AIDS Conference.
Whether you are a registered participant in the International AIDS Conference or not, there will be many opportunities in the days following the Summit. Many of these details are still being determined, but we hope you will stay to participate in the many demonstrations, protests, gatherings, educational events, and of course the International AIDS Conference Global Village.
We hope that the friendships that are forged at the summit will continue throughout the International AIDS Conference and beyond.
Program planning for the summit is now beginning in earnest. We expect a range of activities, from panels, workshops, and organizing meetings to experiential learning, meditation, and creative festivities. We hope to tackle a range of topics that includes, but is not limited to:
We create activities where we ask everyone to reach out across ethnic/racial, generational, socioeconomic, and range of physical ability differences and to talk and work toward common goals. Our earlier summits have been described as nurturing retreats, exciting think tanks, and moments of great enlightenment.
We know that language can be problematic, and that some people do not identify with the term gay. In addition to nurturing and supporting those who do identify as part of gay communities, our summits strive to embrace those who identify otherwise--as queer, genderqueer, same-gender loving-- as folks with a wide diversity of sexual and gender identities.
We encourage everyone to help create GMHS 2012, regardless of your geographical location or ability to attend the physical Summit. We anticipate numerous online conversations and conference calls, as well in-person meetings, during the months leading up to the Summit. We hope that participating in these activities will be personally rewarding in addition to helping create the best possible GMHS 2012. Please sign up for the planning committees at http://www.gmhs2012.org/volunteer_register.html
Please express your support for the Gay Men’s Health Movement and the Gay Men's Health Summit 2012 by adding your name and location below to this Call to Action. To be added as an endorser of this Call to Action, or for more information, please e-mail email@example.com.
Edward M. Andrews, Alexandria, VA
DC Community Partners