Abounding Prosperity, Inc. (AP, Inc.) is proud to host the 6th Annual, Southern Regional Ball/House and Pageant (B/HAP) Communities’ Leadership and Health Disparities Conference (now known throughout the country simply as “B/HAP”). B/HAP convenes each year during the first weekend of October in Dallas, Texas. Meeting dates for the 2017 B/HAP are from Wednesday, October 5, 2017 to Saturday, October 7, 2017.
The overall goal of the B/HAP Conference is to reduce health disparities across the Southern Region of the United States by promoting health equity and improving leadership capacity among sexual minorities and members of the GLBT community. The Southern Region of the United States continues to feel the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and among localities listed in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s 12 Cities Project, a White House initiative created to eliminate the burden of AIDS in jurisdictions most affected, the primary conference target audience includes members, patrons, spectators and allies of the House Ball Community in the southern region of the US These states include Alabama, Arkansas, DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. We continue to invite researchers, reproductive and sexual health educator prevention specialists, medical professionals, local, state and federal health officers, health policy makers and elected officials to present.
As we prepare for our 6th Annual Conference, we have chosen the theme: “Spreading the L.U.V!: Defeating Health Disparities Through Acts and Demonstrations of Leadership, Unity, and Verity!" to underscore the cross sectoring of the work needing to be done in raising public knowledge of the disproportionate, health outcomes like new incidences of HIV/AIDS which target poor, people of color and how B/HAP communities are contributing effective leadership to lessening such disparities. This year’s theme, “Spreading the L.U.V!: Defeating Health Disparities Through Acts and Demonstrations of Leadership, Unity, and Verity!" links B/HAP’s regional emphasis regarding indigenous leadership who confront health disparities to a much larger/national conversation about the relationships between sexuality, public debate and equitable access to resources. In addition to the benefits of focusing on promoting the grass-roots “voice” and an organic leadership “presence” from within B/HAP communities, the 2017 conference also will promote those businesses that want to earn more significant, market share and customers’ brand loyalty from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) communities of color, especially those GLBT of color who will participate in Dallas Southern Pride, the weekend entertainment venue concurrent with the B/HAP Conference every year.
AP, Inc. will host the 2017 B/HAP Conference which will target African American and Latino men who have sex with men (AAMSM/LMSM) as well as Transgender male-to-female (T-MTF) individuals. All of these persons are members, fans, supporters, allies and/or spectators of Ball/House and Pageant (B/HAP) communities. The B/HAP Conference will enable Abounding Prosperity to continue to serve educational needs within these African American and Latino MSM populations, but an intentional focus of the B/HAP Conference is on young MSM/T-MTF who compete within the Ball/House and Pageant (B/HAP) communities and who also may be attending Dallas Southern Pride, an annual event planned by AP, Inc. in conjunction with the B/HAP Conference.
For additional information about the 2017 B/HAP Conference, Dallas Southern Pride events, or the efforts of AP, Inc., please feel free to contact us by phone 214-421-4800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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