Here as I Am: A Listening Initiative with Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men Affected by HIV / Tal Como Soy: Una iniciativa para escuchar a hombres latinxs gay y bisexuales afectados por el VIH.
The foundation of this initiative is a direct result of an extensive listening tour conducted over the past two years, where we heard from more than 750 men living with and affected by HIV in 11 communities across the US and Puerto Rico. They shared firsthand experiences about what it means to achieve their health goals, where they go for support and what fuels their resilience.
In addition to serving as the foundation for our Positive Action for Latinx Men program, their insights, voices and recommendations for community-based responses are featured in Here as I Am: A Listening Initiative with Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men Affected by HIV / Tal Como Soy: Una iniciativa para escuchar a hombres latinxs gay y bisexuales afectados por el VIH. This report examines how social, political and economic forces affect the health and wellbeing of Latinx men, their ability to access care and the social networks that help fuel and sustain resiliency. To better tell the story behind the statistics, we also looked at men’s daily lives, what community and resiliency mean to them and what else can be learned from how they experience and overcome these forces.
Through this iterative, community-guided listening, we heard stories of how these men are building strength and resiliency and striving to create communities that support them. Listen to some of them below.
- Note: Some of the audio stories shared involve traumatic experiences and may be triggering.
MOTHERS FULL EMBRACE
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 1:39)
ATENCIÓN MÉDICA QUE ME REFLEJA
(ESPAÑOL, DURACIÓN 1:54)
CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH SHARED EXPERIENCES
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 3:36)
FINDING STRENGTH BY LIVING MY TRUTH
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 1:13)
FINDING STRENGTH IN OTHERS' RESILIENCE
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 2:57)
INSPIRATION FROM A BEST FRIEND
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 2:49)
STIGMA AND SEXUAL HEALTH
(ENGLISH, RUNTIME 2:51)
Read the poem, Izo mi bandera, con orgullo / I Raise my Flag, with Pride, commissioned by ViiV Healthcare from Jacqueline Loweree of TCC Group, and inspired by Positive Action for Latinx Men and the findings from the Tal Como Soy / Here As I Am report. The poem was read by Louie Fonseca from The Gran Varones in the 2020 Here as I Am: A Poesía Slam event held in October to commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here to read the poem in Spanish and English.
In the News: Read what reporters and the community are saying about Positive Action for Latinx Men: An Initiative for Gay, Bisexual and Trans Men and Here As I Am/Tal Como Soy:
- Latinx Queer And Trans Men Face Many Barriers To HIV Care, New Report Finds–Forbes
- ICE Raids Are Stopping Latinx Queer And Trans Men From Getting HIV Care–Forbes
- Latinx, LGBTQ and HIV positive people: A triple discrimination that nobody talks about–Al Día
- Stigma is keeping LGBTQ+ Hispanic and Latino men from seeking HIV care: report–The Hill
- HIV in Latinx Communities–The Body
- Listen to Latino Gay and Bisexual Men Talk About HIV and Health–Tu Salud
- Hear From Latino Gay and Bisexual Men Affected by HIV–POZ
All questions and inquiries about Positive Action for Latinx Men should be directed to P.J. Moton-Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas. HIV Surveillance Report (updated). 2018, Vol. 31, page 102. Published May 2020. Accessed May 8, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas. HIV Surveillance Report (updated). 2018, Vol. 31, page 59. Published May 2020. Accessed May 8, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monitoring Selected HIV Prevention and Care Objectives using Surveillance Data, United States and 6 Dependent Areas, 2018. HIV Surveillance Report (updated). 2018, Vol. 25, pages 31. Published June 2020. Accessed June 3, 2020.
- MPact. National Call to Action: Addressing the HIV crisis among Latinx gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. MPact Global Action website. Published 2019. Accessed March 2, 2020.; O’Neill Institute. Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission