Brave Soul Collective presents: "EXPOSURE" - Washington DC (#IWillBeHeard National Day of Action Event)
8:00 pm20:00

Brave Soul Collective presents: "EXPOSURE" - Washington DC (#IWillBeHeard National Day of Action Event)

  • The Fridge

Brave Soul Collective (BSC) returns to round out Pride Month 2017, with "EXPOSURE" -- a new evening of theatrical performances honoring the "I Will Be Heard" National Day of Action, and National HIV Testing Day 2017.

"EXPOSURE" delivers BSC's signature brand of thought-provoking theatre, followed by light refreshments during a lively Q&A exchange among audience members, the cast and artists involved with the production.

Supported in part by The Counter Narrative Project and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc."EXPOSURE" promises to be an exciting night of theatre arts dedicated to empowering and affirming the lives of Black LGBTQ people and their allies.

#IWillBeHeard Twitter Chat
1:00 pm13:00

#IWillBeHeard Twitter Chat


"I Will Be Heard" is a call to action, a collective response to the impact of HIV on the lives of black gay men and the social and structural drivers of the epidemic in our communities. #IWillBeHeard is also a celebration of the legacy of black gay writer and activist Craig G. Harris.  The Counter Narrative Project on June 27th will mobilize black gay men and allies in their local communities to respond. In response to the American Public Health Association (APHA) decision to not invite anyone of color to participate on the panel of its first ever AIDS workshop, at its 1986 association meeting, Harris stormed the stage and screamed "I WILL BE HEARD." Join this Twitter Chat using the hashtag #IWillBeHeard to participate in the discussion.

#IWillBeHeard Twitter Feed

Follow @buildingdesire to join in the discussion on Twitter. Use the hashtag #IWillBeHeard

In the Black:  A Community Roundtable on the Trump Budget, HIV,  and the African-American Community
7:00 pm19:00

In the Black: A Community Roundtable on the Trump Budget, HIV, and the African-American Community

  • Phillip Rush Center Annex

President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal includes severe cuts to many HIV and related programs.

  • $59 million cut to Ryan White Programs
  • Elimination of AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC)
  • Elimination of Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS)
  • A nearly 20% cut to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s, HIV prevention programs.
  • An unprecedented $630 million cap on Medicaid spending
  • $26 million cut from HUD’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program
  • Elimination of the Minority AIDS Initiative fund

These cuts will weaken our state’s already fragile social safety net and  have catastrophic consequences for Georgians living with HIV. Communities already disproportionatly impacted by HIV,  particularly African-Americans, will be particularly vulnerable. We must respond.

Join Georgia Equality, Counter Narrative Project, THRIVE SS, Lambda Legal and other community leaders and organizations for a community roundtable on the following topics:

  • Updates on the current impact of HIV on metropolitical Atlanta and Georgia communities.
  • Overview of proposed budget cuts to Ryan White, CDC and HOPWA and how this will impact services going forward.
  • Information on Medicaid block grants and AHCA.
Fierce Love: Black Gay Men & PrEP
7:00 pm19:00

Fierce Love: Black Gay Men & PrEP

  • Phillip Rush Center Annex

What power do Black gay men have to counter the current narrative with one that has the power to shift, deepen, strengthen and revolutionize the HIV/AIDS response? Join The Counter Narrative Project for Fierce Love: Black Gay Men & PrEP, an intimate discussion about everything you wanted to know about PrEP, but were afraid to ask.

What Moonlight Teaches Us About the School-to-Prison Pipeline
6:30 pm18:30

What Moonlight Teaches Us About the School-to-Prison Pipeline

  • Google NYC

Join GLSEN New York City, Teach for America and Google in partnership with the Counter Narrative Project for a screening of the Oscar winning film Moonlight.

Moonlight has had an incredible impact on discussions around blackness, masculinity, and sexuality. However, Moonlightilluminates the violence often faced by black queer boys and young men in schools.

Building on current advocacy and activism around the school-to-prison pipeline and movements working against the prison industrial complex, this discussion will explore the path forward. We will unpack approaches to ending criminalization and inspiring healing in our communities.

Join us for this special screening and discussion on Friday April 21, 2017 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Google. If you have any questions contact Charles Stephens at

Please enter on the 9th avenue and 16th street Google entrance across the street from Chelsea Market. The address is 76 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011. 

**This event supports GLSEN's National Day of Silence, whichbrings awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

Moving the Margin: Voting Rights and the Black LGBTQ Community
7:00 pm19:00

Moving the Margin: Voting Rights and the Black LGBTQ Community

  • Center for Civil and Human Rights

In our current political moment, there has been considerable discussion and concern around voter suppression and structural efforts to make it more difficult for marginalized communities to vote. 

Though black LGBTQ communities are disproportionately impacted by many of the structural forces associated with voter suppression, we are not often invited into those conversations. 

To explore these issues, the Counter Narrative Project is pleased to host a community forum featuring activists and community leaders who will discuss voter mobilization in our community. We will explore: 

  • How voter suppression laws impact black LGBTQ and HIV communities.
  • Strategies for how we can mobilize black LGBTQ and HIV communities around voting.
  • Countering myths around "voter fraud" that enable voter suppression laws.
  • How to work together to make voter registration more accesible.
Marlon Riggs At 60: A Retrospective
Feb 2

Marlon Riggs At 60: A Retrospective

  • Auburn Avenue Research Library

To celebrate black gay filmmaker Marlon Riggs' 60th birthday and in anticipation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Counter Narrative Project will commemorate the life, legacy and work through a retrospective of this brilliant artist. 

Marlon Riggs pushed the boundaries of documentary film with his critically acclaimed, award winning works such as Tongues Untied and Black Is...Black Ain't that revealed his daring aesthetic and moral vision. His films often grappled with such issues as racism, homophobia, patriarchy and HIV. As an artist, Riggs gave voice to issues impacting black communities that had previously gone unspoken, and for that, we want to honor his courage. 

The retrospective will feature two of his most iconic works: Ethnic Notions (1987) and Tongues Untied (1989). Ethnic Notions examines anti-Black stereotypes in popular culture from slavey to the Civil Rights era. Tongues Untied grapples with black gay identity, and weaves personal narrative with collective memory, to offer a glimpse into the interior lives of black gay men. 

Following the screenings each evening, there will be a facilitated discussion around the films. Please join us each night for the screenings and discussions. 

Wednesday February 1, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Ethnic Notions
1987 documentary that examines anti-Black stereotypes in popular culture from the ante-bellum period through the Civil Rights era. Screening will be followed by discussion.

Thursday February 2, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Tongues Untied
Documentary that weaves storytelling, dance, personal narrative, poetry, and music to explore black gay identity. Screening will be followed by discussion.

The Giving Circle (A Fundraiser For Counter Narrative Project)
Dec 2

The Giving Circle (A Fundraiser For Counter Narrative Project)

On December 1, 2016, World AIDS Day, Real Chicks Rock! And Jay Ray invite you to a feel-good, dance-fueled celebration and commemoration of the women who have been instrumental in the movement against HIV stigma and discrimination. If you're in Atlanta, come and dance for your Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, or any woman who has supported and fought for our rights! 

According to a recent study by researchers at the CDC, if current HIV diagnoses rates remain the same, about 1 in 2 black gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The time is now to come together for our community. Let's spend an evening celebrating those people who lift us up and bring us joy!

Dance the night away and give! Suggested donation is $10 for entry. If you can't attend in person, you can still donate below.

What Moonlight Might Teach Us About Survival: A Discussion
7:00 pm19:00

What Moonlight Might Teach Us About Survival: A Discussion

Join the Counter Narrative Project for an intimate discussion about the film Moonlight. In our current moment, what tools to love and honor ourselves does the film provide our community? We look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice in the space, as we have this important conversation.

Please Note: This is a discussion only. We will not be screening the film.


#InTheLifeAt30: A 30th Anniversary Celebration & Commemoration of In The Life (Multiple Cities)
9:00 am09:00

#InTheLifeAt30: A 30th Anniversary Celebration & Commemoration of In The Life (Multiple Cities)

This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, a work that still stands as a sacred movement text for the LGBT community. In our current political moment, we may still look to In The Life for joy and wisdom and affirmation. Let us remember that this work was conjured also in a time of immense state violence, crisis, and peril for our community. And yet even in those dark times, the stories, critiques, narratives, and spells inspired not only collective resilience, but collective restoration.

To observe this critical moment in LGBT history, organizers from around the country have chosen amplify the legacy of this incredible work on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. (Press Release)





Morehouse College Safe Space
(Students Only)
Nabrit Mapp Mcbay Lecture Room 1
6:00PM - 9:00PM


Northwestern University 
625 N. Michigan Ave.
Lakeshore Conference Room  
Chicago, IL 60611
5:30PM - 7:00PM


Urban Consulate
4470 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
6:00PM - 8:00PM


515 Malcolm X Blvd. 
New York, NY 10037
6:30PM - 8:30PM



William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St, 
Philadelphia, PA 19107
6:00PM - 8:00PM


City of Refuge UCC
Room 125
8400 Enterprise Way
Oakland, CA 94621
6:00PM - 9:00PM


Howard University
Blackburn University Center
2397 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20059
6:00PM - 8:00PM

CNP Webinar Series: Approaches to Trauma, Intersectionality and Social justice
3:00 pm15:00

CNP Webinar Series: Approaches to Trauma, Intersectionality and Social justice

The Counter Narrative Project is hosting a webinar focused on trauma and trauma-informed care and  implications for HIV and social justice advocates. Often trauma is understood from a personal or individual perspective. This webinar, as a starting point, considers trauma from a community or collective perspective. Presenters on the webinar will discuss and offer research and advocacy perspectives around personal, collective, and vicarious trauma as it relates to structural violence and racial justice.  We are hoping that we can continue a conversation around the implications of trauma in our lives, and, most importantly, how to advance a research and advocacy agenda around this issue.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

3:00 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT

Register here:

You can also follow the discussion at #wearehere2016.

For Our Brother Michael: Community Updates (WEBINAR)
3:00 pm15:00

For Our Brother Michael: Community Updates (WEBINAR)

The criminalization, prosecution and incarceration of Michael L. Johnson is exemplary of how anti-blackness, HIV stigma, homophobia, and mass incarceration converge in communities of color.  Join us for our upcoming webinar where Mayo Schreiber of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) will provide updates around Michael's case. We must continue to work for Michael's freedom.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

7:00 pm19:00

Black Gay Men and Housing Justice

  • Phillip Rush Center Annex

Join the Counter Narrative Project as we host  Dr. Eric Wright, Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Georgia State University. Dr. Wright will be discussing the 2015 Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment (AYCNA). Following his presentation we will discuss the implications of his findings for our community.