National Gay Men’s Health Summit 2003
May 7-11, 2003 t Raleigh, North Carolina
Welcoming all people who support the health and well being of men who are gay, bisexual, queer, or have sex with men.
This gathering's events will encompass the needs of all queer men, including those who are FTM or transgender-identified.
Workshop Proposals due on January 15, 2003
Hundreds of local, national, and international leaders working to support the health and wellness of our communities will join forces at Gay Men's Health Summit 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 7-11, 2003. Many people are anticipating this event with great enthusiasm. They are eager to come together in Raleigh for several reasons:
All are welcome to join in this event and contribute to creating a powerful and comprehensive program that addresses the central features facing our communities at this time.
This year's program will prominently feature four key objectives:
Many people are anticipating this event with great enthusiasm. They are eager to come together in Raleigh for several reasons:
Following on the heels of two initial gay men's health summits, held in Boulder, Colorado in 1999 and 2000-and after over 20 local summits were held in 2001 and 2002-Gay Men's Health Summit 2003 is expected to expand our activist grassroots movement aimed at:
What to expect
This is no ordinary health conference. Instead, GMHS 2003 will attempt to cut through the professionalism and "attitude" of many gatherings focused on gay male health and create a warm, welcoming, and equitable climate at the summit. We come together in Raleigh and move beyond our occupational identities and affiliations and reach across all kinds of differences-racial, generational, geographic, and political-to restore an original vision of gay liberation. So consider joining us in Raleigh for an event that may be like nothing you've experienced before:
Join us in Raleigh, North Carolina in May 2003 if you are eager to find a community of open hearted people who are seriously committed to improving the health and wellness of local communities.
Join with us as we continue to build a multi-issue, multi-racial Gay Men’s Health Movement!
A Call to the National Gay Men’s Health Summit 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina, from May 7-11, 2003
We are a group of people working to support the development of a strong, visible, politicized gay men's health movement in the United States and we invite you to join us from May 7-11, 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina to continue to launch this ambitious effort.
Our motivations for calling on you to join in this effort are diverse. Some of us worked to create the initial national gay men’s health summits, in Boulder, in 1999 and 2000. Others of us took on leadership roles in organizing local and regional gay men’s health summits in 2001; still others participated in the recent LGBTI Health Summit 2002 in Boulder in July. We embrace and welcome to this work all who support the health and well being of men who are gay, bisexual, queer, or have sex with men. This gathering's events will encompass the needs of all queer men, including those who are FTM or transgender-identified.
Some of us have been working in AIDS or health issues for several decades and are interested in creating a stronger, more visible grassroots movement among gay men focused on strengthening our communities and tackling a range of health concerns. While HIV/AIDS remains a central focus for our energies, we maintain other central concerns such as substance use, cancer, heart disease, other sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health issues.
Others of us are drawn to this summit because we hope to re-energize gay men in our communities to be actively engaged in political activism, volunteerism, community life, and health promotion efforts. We want to spend a few days of intense focus on the health of our communities with colleagues from all over the nation who confront similar challenges and draw on similar community strengths.
We come from different locations, cultures, generations, and professions, but we share common concerns about improving gay men's health and wellness, strengthening our local communities and subcultures, and enlisting service providers, activists, health professionals, researchers, writers and cultural workers in our efforts.
The summit will include speakers, panels, workshops, and organizing meetings on a range of topics including, though not limited to:
This is a humble, grassroots organizing effort with ambitious aims. Our summit starts off with no big-money sponsors and no large organizations leading the effort. It is being organized by concerned men and women in various parts of the country who are handling logistics, program planning, publicity, and housing. We are already excited by the support and interest which has been generated. We welcome all people motivated to improve the well-being of our communities to participate and we invite programming ideas focused on any population or subculture identifying as gay, bisexual, queer, or trans men. Please consider submitting a workshop proposal today (see information below).
Plan now to be an active participant in the Raleigh summit. We aim to limit the summit to 300 registrants and expect to be at capacity by April. Please register after January 15th and avoid disappointment. And make your housing reservations very soon as we have been able to reserve only a limited number of rooms and can expand our group reservation once we have commitments from our core participants.
For information about REGISTRATION or HOUSING, download materials after January 15th from the web site at www.gmhs2003.org. The conference site is the Sheraton Capital Center in Raleigh at 1-800-834-2105 or www.sheratoncapital.com. Reefer to “Gay Men’s Health Summit.” The Summit will be signed for the hearing-impaired and the site is wheelchair accessible.
For GENERAL INFORMATION and QUESTIONS about the Summit, contact Jim and Ian at (919) 829-3981 or email: email@example.com. The postal address is Gay Men’s Health Summit 2003, PO Box 25642, Raleigh, NC 27611.
For information about the PROGRAM at the Summit, visit the web site at www.gmhs2003.org. The web site will tell you what information you must send in with your proposal. Workshop proposals are due by January 15. Contact Eric Rofes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-255-6210 with program-related questions.
This statement was developed by the National Organizing Collective and signed by other supporters of the Summit who intend to be present in Raleigh and continue our work of building a multi-racial, multi-issue gay men’s health movement.
Jim Baxter, Raleigh, NC
Erik Libey, Rochester, NY
Airen Lydick, Seattle, WA
Hugh McGowan, New York, NY
Doneley Meris, New York, NY
Ian Palmquist, Raleigh, NC
T. Scott Pegues, Denver, CO
Linda Pippin, Rochester, WI
Eric Rofes, San Francisco, CA
Harlan Pruden, Centerport, NY
J. Carlos Velazquez, Washington, DC
Nathan Woodruff, Lincoln, NE
Gordon Youngman, Vancouver
Jose Alegria-Ortega (Burlington, NC)
Don Arnold (Durham,NC)
Race Bannon (San Francisco, CA)
Jim Barbour (Raleigh, NC)
Chris Bartlett (Chester, PA)
Jim Bennett (Washington D. C.)
Chris Bernart (Raleigh, NC)
Tony Booe (Greensboro, NC)
Joseph Bradstreet (Lincoln, NE)
Bill Brent (Raleigh, NC)
Richard D. Burns (New York, NY)
Sean Cahill (New York, NY)
Chris Cannon (Greensboro, NC)
Mandy Carter (Durham, NC)
Micah Hoku Carvalho (Los Angeles, CA)
Justin Cascio (New York, NY)
Chris Cochrane (New York, NY)
Jesse Duncan (Greensboro, NC)
Pat Dunn (San Francisco, CA)
Bert Easter (Columbia, SC)
Richard Elovich (Brooklyn, NY)
Chima Collins Eze (Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria)
David Ferguson (Salt Lake City, UT)
Richard Gray (Greensboro, NC)
Glenn Grossman (Chapel Hill, NC)
Larry Hanbrook (San Francisco CA)
Michael Hollar (Asheville, N.C)
Amber Hollibaugh (New York, NY)
Crispin Hollings (San Francisco, CA)
Jack Register, II (Greensboro, NC)
Kevin Isom (Atlanta, GA)
Kevin Jennings (New York, NY)
David Jones (Lilongwe, Malawi)
L.S. Bo Dean Jr., (Wilmington, NC)
Edward Strickler, Jr (Charlottesville, VA)
David Kerley (Raleigh, NC)
Dan Kirsch (Charlotte, NC)
Mark Kleinschmidt (Chapel Hill, NC)
The Rev. Tim Koch (Charlotte, NC)
Leslie Kooyman (Charlotte, NC)
Eric Kristensen (Gloucester MA)
Jim Lagattuta (Greensboro, NC)
Gabe Lamazares (Chapel Hill, NC)
Stewart Landers (Boxford, MA)
Harold Levine (New York, NY)
Garry Lipscomb (Washington, DC)
Deacon Maccubbin (Washington D. C.)
Eddie Mace, (New Bern, NC)
Dr. Ed Madden (Columbia, SC)
Jon Markle (Raleigh, NC)
Will Jones MD (Asheville, NC)
Jesse G. Monteagudo (Plantation, FL)
Anthony Morgan (New York, NY)
Joseph L. Simard, Jr. MPH (Hartford, CT)
Jack Nichols (Cocoa Beach, FL)
Dave Nimmons (Brooklyn, NY)
Robert Nunn (Greensboro, NC)
Juan Ortiz (Raleigh, NC)
Rob Owens (Greensboro, NC)
Frank Pizzoli (Harrisburg PA)
Jeff Prince (Greensboro, NC)
Jay Quinn (Sunrise, FL)
Jose Ramirez (Durham NC)
Kirk Read (San Francisco, CA)
D. Register (Durham, NC)
Robert Reid-Pharr (New York, NY)
Hawk Riverstone (Albany, NY)
John Rozzo (México, DF México)
James T. Sears, (Charleston, SC)
Thomas Sherratt (Durham, NC)
Don Shewey (New York, NY)
Joe Simard (Hartford, CT)
George O. Simmons (San Francisco, CA)
David P. Stratton (Apex, NC)
Fred Swanson (Seattle, WA)
Pat Tetreault (Lincoln, NE)
Steven Tierney (San Francisco, CA)
Tony Valenzuela (Los Angeles, CA)
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (New York, NY)
Wayne L. Wilson (Apex, NC)
A. Garland Wood (Raleigh, NC)
Mark Zumbach (Cary, NC)