Black Brothers Esteem Celebrates 20 Years

Black Brothers Esteem turns 20 next month and we are celebrating with events that recognize its success building community and preventing the spread of HIV.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation program, affectionately known as BBE, was founded in 1996 to empower African-American gay and bi men to take charge of their sexual health and reduce risk-taking. 

Its work is especially important today, in light of recent Centers for Disease Control projections that one in two black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

San Francisco plans to proclaim Black Brothers Esteem Day on July 7 to recognize 20 years of service.

The proclamation reads: “BBE is the only program focused solely on black same gender loving men in San Francisco and provides public health awareness, community engagement, and HIV/AIDS prevention for gay, bisexual, same-gender loving (SGL), gender-variant, and transgender individuals of African descent.”

From July 12 to August 25, the San Francisco Public Library’s Skylight Gallery will celebrate 20 years of BBE with an art exhibition.

Then on July 31, Strut will host the BBE 20th Anniversary Gala. Awards will be given to long-time participants and volunteers for their work with BBE.

Find more information at the Black Brothers Esteem page.


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