Whatever our HIV status or viral load, there are plenty of ways for us to resist the stigma around HIV. Together with Resist Stigma, we are proud to present these posters showing different ways that we can resist stigma, whatever our HIV status or viral load.
YouthCO is very excited to welcome Kayla Mitchell to the position of Yúusnewas Program Manager! Kayla has been part of our team for the past year as the Rural Outreach Educator and will be bringing her skills as a workshop facilitator and experience as an Indigenous youth to continue our work to centre Indigenous teachings as we talk with youth about sexual health and harm reduction.
We know Pride is a protest, started by trans people of colour who were experiencing violence, exclusion, and oppression - at the hands of the police, and at the hands of communities they grew up in, and at the hands of systems that erased, overlooked, and caused harm. This year, to honour the work of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Vancouver - and other BLM chapters - YouthCO will not be participating in events hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society.
In April 2017, YouthCO wrote to the Vancouver Pride Society expressing our concerns about anti-Blackness and racism within Vancouver, and how these sentiments have shaped conversations about the requests from Black Lives Matter Vancouver (BLMV). Our letter also indicated that we support Black Lives Matter Vancouver’s calls for the police to be removed from Pride celebrations, and that we were seriously considering what participation we would have in Vancouver Pride Society events.
This article first appeared in Bloodlines Magazine, Issue 15, and was written by Jessica V. To see this article in Bloodlines, visit http://www.red-road.org/downloads/Bloodlines_15.pdf.
I am six years old and my family sits me down and read me Arthur Goes to Camp.
After the book is finished, they ask me, “Jessica, would you like to go to camp like Arthur?” Shaking my head, I respond with a firm no. Several weeks later, I am helping to pack my bag and go through my belongings to know what is mine when I’m at camp. We drive to a place I have never been before and sign in. I make a bracelet and a friend, all before we are loaded onto the school buses and whizzed away for a week at Camp Moomba.
The science is in: those of us who have an undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to our sex partners.
Mpowerment is expanding! We're excited to announce that Mpowerment will be coming soon to the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, within the Fraser Health Authority region! This means more opportunities for young gay, bisexual, and queer guys in the lower mainland to connect through Mpowerment, and educate peers about HIV and sexual health. We're excited to connect with folks in the Fraser Health Authority region already doing the much needed work of combating HIV-stigma, and creating safer spaces for queer youth!
Stay tuned for more details!
YouthCO was founded in 1994 to provide peer education and peer support around HIV. Today, we remain an organization a leading the movement to provide values-driven, peer-led sex ed for our communities. Now, we're asking you to join us for #GivingTuesdayCanada.
We had the chance to share the successes of our approach to HIV education at the 2016 Pacific AIDS Network conference. This was a great opportunity to connect with organizations that do HIV work across British Columbia and talk about our youth-driven, values-led approach to HIV programming at YouthCO!
Youth (aged 9 to 26) living with HIV are now included in BC's free HPV vaccine program! This is an exciting and important change as not all youth living with HIV were previously able to get the HPV vaccine.