Group Name: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – Foreign Integration

Description: Founded in 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. The Mission of Black CAP is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Black CAP has provided settlement programming to LGBT newcomers from the Caribbean and Africa since we opened our doors. Over the last six months this program has served 44 new LGBT clients who came to Canada as refugees. Of these new clients about 75% are gay, 14% are lesbian, 5% are transgender and, 6% are bisexual clients. Black CAP also provides monthly group programming for this community called ’Foreign Integration’. Each month about 20 LGBT newcomers come together to share their stories. For instance, at the May meeting, the discussion centered around the difficulties of coming “out” to family and friends in the Black, African and Caribbean communities. Group members had various experiences with this and shared stories and strategies with one another on how do this in the safest possible way. **** Meetings are free to attend. The only requirement is that the individual identifies as LBGTTIQQ2SA.

Where: 20 Victoria St. 4th floor | Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8

When: Last Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Craig Cromwell 416-977-9955 Ext. 250 | |

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