LIFE is a program for young black males between the ages of 16-29 that have sex with other men. This program is not concerned with what you label yourself as (gay, bi, DL,). LIFE is focused on helping young men who have sex with other men have safe and healthy relationships, and experience personal growth.
LIFE’s purpose is to deliver prevention that accounts for a young man’s physical health, but also his mental, spiritual, social, environment and emotional health. LIFE seeks to build a community of young men that can lead the fight against HIV for the next generation coming of age. Mentoring young men who are having sexual relationships with other men is an important element of what we do and our purpose. Imagine the difference for a young teen to be able to talk to an older peer about his feelings, fears, and behaviors, instead of feeling isolated because of his sexual attraction to other men.
LIFE also seeks to include young men who are HIV+ in our community. We believe that young men living with HIV should be defined by their character and not a disease. You don’t have to disclose your HIV status to others to participate in LIFE activities, but if you feel you need someone to be there for you or a support system, LIFE can offer you one. We also have a staff member dedicated to helping you with all the issues that young men with HIV face, such as disclosure, stigma, and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
LIFE’s vision is to:
We offer a wide variety of programs and services for those in the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities (whether you’re LGBTQ or straight). Some programming has eligibility requirements but many are free and for everyone.
“I once thought I had HIV but when I found out I didn’t, I knew I had to take this stuff seriously.”
“Sometimes when you’re young and naive, you believe contracting HIV or an STD would ‘never happen to me.’”
“In the past, I would only use condoms sometimes because it was not that important to me.”
“I think most guys I know would prefer not to use a condom but I also think most know it’s important to.”
Are you a gay/bisexual African American male between the ages of 16-29? LIFE is always looking to hear stories on how community role models are stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. Peer advocates are also recruited to distribute these stories and spread the word about the program.
Your condom style is a freedom that allows you to be the unique you. What’s your style and how do you rock it out? Ribbed? Ultra-sensitive? Snug fit? Tuxedo? Magnum? Regardless of your style, remember that any style is better than no style. Latex condoms are 98% effective against the transmission of HIV and other STIs when used consistently and correctly. Reduce your risk and join the #ilivefree movement!
FREE condoms are also available at the LGBT Life Center!
LET’S STOP HIV TOGETHER
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign features stories of individuals living with HIV and the steps they’re taking to encourage others. In this story, singer Jamar Rogers discusses fighting stigma with the strong support of his mom, Danielle.
HARRIS + ANDERSON WEDDING
This is a the inspiring story of two young men, David Harris + Tre’Darrius Anderson, who want to promote gay marriage and human equality through social media.
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There are agency and informational resources throughout Hampton Roads available for those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. Please see the following websites or service agencies for additional assistance.