HIV Stigma and Faith Summit | Feb 24 – 26

 

GLAAD Presents the HIV Stigma and Faith Summit, Wednesday, 02/24 – Friday, 02/26


Join GLAAD with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Southern AIDS Coalition, and Wake Forest University School of Divinity for this three-day summit to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern region of the United States. The summit will feature free daily panels with guest speakers, journalists, HIV experts, faith leaders and community advocates. Additionally, GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) will host free daily media trainings. Register for the summit now to receive all the latest updates.

 

Day 1 | GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Trainings

Wednesday, February 24 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET | Day 1: Faith and LGBTQ 

GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Training: Media Advocacy for People of Faith
Designed specifically for faith leaders and people of faith, participants will learn how to leverage the media and articulate their message of LGBTQ acceptance in alignment with their faith. Equipped with research and best practices gleaned from 30 years of experience, the GLAAD Media Institute will work with participants to communicate their message to people of faith while combating the often-negative narrative surrounding faith and LGBTQ people. Led by Ross Murray, Senior Director, Education & Training, GLAAD. Registration is free and open to the entire COMPASS network and their partners. Register Here: GLAAD Media Institute Training: Media Advocacy for People of Faith

Trainer: Ross Murray, Senior Director of Education & Training at The GLAAD Media Institute, GLAAD
 

Day 1 | HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel

Wednesday, February 24 | 6 PM – 7 PM ET | Day 1: Faith and LGBTQ 

The Paths Shall Come Together: The Intersections of Faith, Sexuality, and HIV
Led by Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity this panel will explore how we bridge the gap between faith communities’ challenges with sexuality and HIV. Featuring a key moderator in conversation with faith leaders and HIV experts. Register Here: The Paths Shall Come Together: The Intersections of Faith, Sexuality, and HIV

Moderator: Shonda Jones, Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Integrative Learning, Wake Forest University

Panelists:
Allison Mathews, PhD, Executive Director and Research Fellow in Faith and Health, Faith Coordinating Center, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Bishop O.C. Allen, Senior Pastor and Founder, The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta 
Elder Gwendolyn D. Clemons, MBA, MSM, Relationship Unleashed
Rev. Shawn Torres-Anderson, Associate Minister, First Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia, SC

Special Guests:
Karamo, TV Host, Author, and Activist
Victor Jackson, Artist, Choreographer, and Creative Director, GLAAD’s Communities of Color Ambassador
 

Day 2 | GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Trainings

Thursday, February 25 | 1 PM – 2 PM ET | Day 2: HIV Stigma

GLAAD Training: How to Engage with the Press

Join GLAAD’s Director of Communications, Mathew Lasky, as he conducts a training on how to create a press release, build a media list, and how to engage press around newsworthy content. Mathew will present a case study of GLAAD’s “State of HIV Stigma Study” and explain how GLAAD was able to garner press for this pivotal study. Registration is free and open to the entire COMPASS network and their partners. Register Here: GLAAD Training: How to Engage with the Press
Trainer: Mathew Lasky, Director of Communications, GLAAD
 

Day 2 | HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel

Thursday, February 25 | 6 PM – 7 PM ET | Day 2: HIV Stigma 

The State of HIV Stigma
The HIV Stigma Panel Conversation will feature a key moderator and three subject matter experts that will share their best practices, strategies to address stigma, and the way forward to shattering HIV stigma. Register Here: The State of HIV Stigma

Moderator: Marc Malkin, Senior Editor, Culture & Events, Variety

Confirmed Panelists:
Shakita Brooks Jones, MSW, MPA, Founder and Executive Director, Central Alabama Alliance, Resource & Advocacy Center, Inc. (CAARAC)
Torrian Baskerville, Senior Associate, Prevention (CBA), NASTAD
Dr. Andrea Dunn, Founder & Executive Director, Let’s Beehive!, Inc
Dr. Victoria Frye, Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine of the CUNY School of Medicine
Marvell L. Terry II, Senior Program Manager, Southern HIV Impact Fund, AIDS United

Special Guest:
Angelica Ross, Founder & CEO, TransTech Actress, & Advocate

Day 3 | GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Trainings

Friday, February 26 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET | Day 3:  Black & LGBTQ in the South

GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Training: Telling Your Story Through Social Media

Designed for those who are starting to incorporate social media into their advocacy strategy, participants in this specialized course will receive a comprehensive overview of social media platforms, as well as leveraging social media for reaching expanded audiences, deeper storytelling, and accelerating acceptance. This course will teach participants the best practices to make the most of the potential for a variety of social media platforms, while also carefully avoiding pitfalls that exist in the social media sphere. Led by DaShawn Usher, Programs Officer, Communities of Color, and Serena Sonoma, Communications Coordinator & Media Lead, US South. Registration is free and open to the entire COMPASS network and their partners. Register Here: GLAAD Media Institute Training: Telling Your Story Through Social Media
Trainers: DaShawn Usher, Programs Officer, Communities of Color, GLAAD and Serena Sonoma, Communications Coordinator and Regional Media Lead - U.S. South
 

Day 3 | HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel

Friday, February 26 | 6 PM – 7 PM ET | Day 3: Black and LGBTQ in the South

At the Intersections of Blackness and Queerness in the South
This panel conversation explores Black allyship and LGBTQ identities while living and thriving in the South. Centered in uplifting unheard voices, this panel will feature a key moderator with panelists of lived experiences as they share their stories. Register Here: At the Intersections of Blackness and Queerness in the South

Moderator: Raquel Willis, Award-winning Writer and Activist

Confirmed Panelists:
Ian Haddock, Executive Director, The Normal Anomaly Initiative
Dwyane Williams, Program Manager, AIDS United
Jennifer Barnes Balenciaga, LGBTQ Liaison for State Representative Park Cannon, District 58 Atlanta, GA
Diamond Stylz, Executive Director of Black Trans Women Inc., Producer and Creator of Marsha’s Plate podcast. 
Skyy Banks, Founder, HER Initiative
Jasmine Tasaki, Executive Director, WeCareTN

Special Guests:
Patrik-Ian Polk, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Storyteller, Performer and Visionary
Julian J. Walker, Actor, Author, and Activist, GLAAD’s Communities of Color Ambassador