Sat, Feb 08 | Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

Community Control of Health

A Black and Brown, HIV+ Led Conference Centering HIV/AIDS This symposium is focused on the liberation of black and brown, queer and/or trans persons, centering their experiences of sexual and racial oppression in a safe, confidential environment designed specifically for that community.
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Community Control of Health

Time & Location

Feb 08, 2020, 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, 3907 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19104

About the Event

The purpose of this symposium to provide space to discuss issues/concerns that center the individual and collective experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS who are Black and Brown. ACT UP, BBWC, Gran Varones, and partner organizations will hold workshops that provide information and present concepts that interrogate how white supremacy shows up in the healthcare/medical systems and how the monetization of illness stifles radical approaches to ending the epidemic. During this day-long event, we will have a plenary that focuses on community control of health and wellness organizations and ways to imagine and create this possibility.

The symposium is 8:30 am-5 pm and intended for Black and Brown community members. We also ask allies to be respectful that some people attending may be living with HIV and/or other confidential health issues planned to be discussed.


8:30-9:30 AM

Breakfast / Welcome / Check in

9:35-10:30 AM

Opening plenary

10:40-12 noon

Community discussion on liberation

12:10-1:10 PM


1:20-2:40 PM

Community breakout sessions


2:50-4:10 PM

Moving forward / Next steps for liberation

4:30-5:00 PM

Closing discussion / Next steps

The evening event/afterparty is from 6-9pm and open to any/all community members. There will be light refreshments and drinks (alcoholic for those who wish).

Doctors will be on site from 6-9 pm conducting free medical cannabis evaluations for folx with qualifying diagnoses. To sign up:

Register on the state's website and obtain a Patient ID Number: 

Read and sign the consent forms and fill out the patient history form here: 

Sign in at the registration desk any time after 5:45 pm. Evaluations will run from 6-9 pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Please have supporting documentation ready when you come in for your evaluation. Supporting documentation includes medical records that list a qualifying diagnosis, letters from therapists or psychiatrists, or pill bottles.

Once certified, patients will need to pay a $50 fee to the state in order to receive their registration card, which they'll need in order to visit their local dispensary. Per the state's website, "The cost of a medical marijuana ID card is $50. Patients who participate in assistance programs including Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC may be eligible for fee reductions."

Registration is Closed

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