The NAESM National Leadership Conference on Health Disparities and Social Justice stands as the nation’s premier yearly gathering dedicated to delving into advancements in prevention, care, treatment, policy, and research concerning the health and well-being of Black gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men, alongside other MSM (men who have sex with men). This conference serves as a platform for Black MSM-serving organizations and individuals to exchange best practices and methodologies, functioning as both a think tank and a repository for Black MSM-related research.

Originally focused on HIV, the conference now places the Black MSM HIV epidemic within a broader framework of health disparities, social justice, and human rights—a recognition that addressing the social determinants and context of health is essential to combating the disease. Drawing a diverse audience of gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving Black men in healthcare, LGBTQ advocacy, national community-based organizations, and professionals serving this demographic, the annual conference is pivotal to NAESM’s mission of offering national and local leadership in tackling the myriad health and wellness challenges faced by Black gay and bisexual men.

NAESM acknowledges the profound historical ties between the Black gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving community and the Black Transgender community. Therefore, this year, as in previous years, we will prioritize abstracts focusing on advocacy and programming for the Trans community.

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9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
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