BRB Highlights

In The Meantime’s Brothers

Reaching Brothers Group

(Tuesday Night Meeting)

has moved to the Carl Bean House:


2146 West Adams

Los Angeles, CA 90018


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BRB – Brothers Reaching Brothers

Brothers Reaching Brothers is a long-standing open social discussion support group and forum designed for men of all ages. This weekly meeting is host to a variety of topics, community and cultural activities that specifically address the wellness needs of Black gay, SGL and bisexual men in Los Angeles County

The Legal Clinic

This panel was intended to demystify some avenues that can provide various direct legal services in Los Angeles community.

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Karem Ferguson at ITMT

We welcomed Karem Ferguson in a provocative discussion on homophobia in the church. Introducing his film “He Knows My Hear”

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Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


We are community, and what matters most is that all members of our community are respected and cared for equally. The issue of meningitis is an issues that has impacted the Black gay male population as well. Regardless of the number of men who have been impacted, all of our people matter.
We are talking about our brothers and so In The Meantime is calling on the entire community to take responsibility for our own lives.
The first place to start is by having accurate and correct information and them to seek appropriate treatment when necessary. Now let us begin.
In The Meantime will host a community information session about, ‘BACTERIAL MENINGITIS’ on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, The Carl Bean House Community Center, 2146 W Adams Blvd. LA CA 90019, 7-9pm. Vaccinations will be offered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation at no cost at the Carl Bean Clinic adjacent to the House. We’re asking that ALL community and healthcare professionals show up to participate in this important exchange of information and resources.
• The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has reported 4 new cases of
Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD).
• There have been 8 confirmed cases of IMD in Los Angeles County in 2014.
• Recent cases share commonalities with socializing in or around West Hollywood.
• The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department now recommends all highrisk men who have sex with men, regardless of HIV status, be vaccinated.
• High-risk means those who regularly have close or intimate contact with multiple partners, or who seek partners through the use of digital applications, particularly
those who share cigarettes, marijuana or illegal drugs.
What is IMD?
1. IMD is a sporadic bacterial infection of the blood or brain and can affect the whole body.
2. IMD infection can cause brain damage, hearing loss, and even death.
3. IMD is spread by exposure to sneezing and coughing or direct contact with saliva or nose mucus.
What or the symptoms of IMD?
1. High fever, stiff neck, altered mental status, skin rash, severe headache, low blood pressure, aversion to bright lights, and generalized muscle pain.
2. Symptoms usually occur within 5 days of exposure, but may present as many as 10 days after exposure.
3. IMD progresses rapidly, so immediate diagnosis and treatment is imperative.

What are the risks for IMD?
1. Smoking such as cigarettes, marijuana, and hookah.
2. Close contact with an infected person (sharing beverages or cigarettes, kissing,coughing).
3. Staying in a group setting (such as dorms, jails or shelters).

Where how is IMD prevented?
1. IMD can be prevented through vaccination.
2. The current vaccine can prevent 2 of the 3 strains of the most common types of IMD.
3. Although it can be treated with appropriate antibiotics, it is often not diagnosed until it becomes life threatening.
4. Therefore it is important that all at-risk persons be vaccinated.

Where can I go to get vaccinated?
Beginning Thursday April 3, 2014 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will offer vaccinations at all of its clinics. Please call the LA County information line 2-1-1from any phone within the County or visit

AIDS Healthcare Foundation is currently offering vaccinations free of charge. No appointment is necessary and there is no need to call in advance. You should preceded to: AHF Hollywood Men’s Wellness Center
1300 N. Vermont Ave., Suite 407, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (866) 339-2525
Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri 5:30pm to 9:00pm; Sat 9:30am to 5:00pm
Public Health will offer free meningococcal vaccines to LA County residents without health insurance, beginning Thursday. For a listing of clinics, call the LA County Information Line at 2-1-1 from any cell phone or land line in the county or visit