GLAAD Presents the HIV Stigma and Faith Summit

Join GLAAD with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Centers- 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 a 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. To learn more about the HIV Stigma and Faith Summit, please visit: glaad.org/summit 

See Below for full schedule and registration information.  

 


Wednesday, February 24 | Day 1: Faith and LGBTQ


GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Training | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Register: 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. 

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

 

HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel | 6 PM – 7 PM ET
Register: 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.

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

Panelists:
Allison Mathews, PhD, Executive Director & Research Fellow in Faith & Health, Faith Coordinating Center, Wake Forest 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

 


Thursday, February 25 | Day 2: HIV Stigma

 

GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Training | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Register: 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. 

Trainer:
Mathew Lasky, Director of Communications, GLAAD


HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel |
6 PM – 7 PM ET
Register: The State of HIV Stigma

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

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

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

 


Friday, February 26 | Day 3:  Black & LGBTQ in the South

GLAAD Media Institute (GMI) Training | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Register: 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. 

Trainers:
DaShawn Usher, Programs Officer, Communities of Color, GLAAD
Serena Sonoma, Communications Coordinator and Regional Media Lead – U.S. South


HIV Stigma and Faith Summit Panel |
6 PM – 7 PM ET
Register: 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. 

Moderator:
Raquel Willis, Award-winning Writer and Activist

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

 

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