Black, Gifted & Whole is a revolutionary attempt to change the collective narrative of Black gay men.
Our mission is to empower, educate and mobilize Black gay men by acknowledging, celebrating and affirming their whole selves.
We want to change not only the way Black gay men are perceived, but how they perceive themselves.
We believe that Black gay men are multifaceted and deserve a multi-pronged approach when being engaged. We believe that Sexual Health + Higher Education + Access to Resources can drastically affect the trajectory of their lives. We gain access to young Black gay men while in High School, assess their needs, aspirations and sexual health awareness in order to connect them to reputable community resources (Healthcare, College Scholarships, Internships, University/College LGBTQ Resources, etc).
As mentors, we help establish an effective pipeline for Black gay men by connecting them to culturally and sexually responsive community resources.
Because racial inequities exist; Because Black gay men have been historically ostracized and sexualized for far too long in this country; Because we are Black gay men determined to close the gap between Sexual Wellness and Educational Wellness for other Black gay men.
Here are the facts:
Among men, Blacks have the lowest well-being in the U.S. (Gallup 2015)
Young Black gay males evaluate their own lives far lower than young non-blacks (Pew Research Center 2013)
More than four out of five LGBQ/T students of color reported verbal harassment in school because of sexual orientation and approximately two-thirds because of gender expression. At least a third of LGBQ/T students of color reported physical violence in school because of sexual orientation (GLSN 2011)
Today the 105 HBCUs enroll 11% of Black students in the United States, yet they represent less than 3% of colleges and universities in the country (NCES, 2011)