2013 was a monumental year for In The Meantime. In the previous 12 months, we provided direct services to over 3,500 Black gay men and reached thousands more in the larger Black community both in Los Angeles and across the county. Among our activities, we:
· Worked directly with CDC, DHSP, and UCLA to Maintain, research and evaluate Mylife Mystyle, our home-grown prevention intervention program.
· Launched X-Homophobia, a social justice campaign marketed nationally through billboards and other media. In addition to Los Angeles, target cities included Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida.
· Co-facilitated an X-Homophobia protest in Leimert Park with AHF
· Launched National Black Gay Men’s Wellness Month during the month of August to highlight the importance of overall wellness for Black men in general and Black gay men in particular.
· Provided hygiene packages and financial support to local community-based organizations during Thanksgiving and Christmas to include MAP, Unity Fellowship and Oasis Clinic.
· Assisted ten Black LBGT youth in continuing their education through the King Bremond Scholarship Fund.
· Collaborated with major nightclubs, barbershops, supermarkets and other local businesses in South Los Angeles to heighten AIDS awareness and HIV testing. Venues included Mr. Bakers in Long Beach, Ralphs on Crenshaw Blvd and Club Magnum.
· Developed relationships in the spiritual community with a number of local churches to advance the agenda of social justice and equality. Venues included Holman United Methodist Church and The Renewed Church of Los Angeles.
· Mentored and engaged hundreds of young Black gay men through BoiRevolution, a grassroots social support and leadership initiative that hosted a series of socio-educational activities.
· Developed the Carl Bean House and Community Center to host programs, support services and events for the entire Black LGBT community.
· Published Message In The Meantime, a quarterly magazine that brings news and features to the national Black LGBT community.