The first photovoice project, Black Health Exposition, was born during BBE's Leadership Institute Retreat, in the Spring of 2006. We explored the idea of using art, images, and words to express how we see ourselves and our interests. Because it was so successful, in the Fall of 2007, we decided to follow up with another one, this time focusing on our spirituality and its connection to physical and mental health - Soul Food.
We present these projects because we want to show you how we as black gay, bisexual and same-gender-loving men in San Francisco are taking care of our health.
There are a lot of negative images out there about folk like us. Some stereotypes are projected by people in our own communities, such parts of the African-American community or the broader LGBT community. Other stereotypes come from some politicians, health care officials or the news media. So we set out to express ourselves, with photographs and words. We want to give you a positive image of who we are and what we're doing to take care of ourselves.
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