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failed to attend a meeting to hear directly from
black gay men on what new strategies we should
Despite the poor attendance, the meeting in
Austin gave black gay activists the beginnings of
a plan, Walker said.
"The consensus was that we have to look at
building the capacity of the black gay communi-
ty to respond to HTV and other crises. Black gay
men have to be leading the charge in helping their
community stay alive and healthy. We have to
begin creating the infrastructure necessary to sup-
port organizations indigenous to the black gay
male community. ... We want some of these
other, older organizations to realize that black gay
men are not trying to be separatist. They just want
to be the leaders in the organizations targeting
The African American Resource Center of
Dallas, formerly Renaissance III, was one of the
few indigenous organizations ever formed in
Texas to serve the black gay male community. It
folded late last year following allegations of
One of the problems, Walker said, was that
Renaissance III never had the resources it needed
to do the job. Still, he said, the infection rate in
the city's black gay male population would like-
ly have been much higher without Renaissance
Myers said the black gay community now
needs to look past the failure of Renaissance III
and focus instead on finding ways to build better,
more stable agencies to meet the growing need.
One way to do that, the men said, is to create
organizations like the National Alliance for Black
Gay Health and the Texas Black Gay Network
whose foundation's are built to go beyond the
boundaries of HIV.
"The National Alliance for Black Gay Health
is not an AIDS organization. We are looking to
shore up the health care infrastructure overall in
black gay communities across the nation,"
Walker said. "Funding comes and goes, and
because of that, organizations come and go. You
can't put all your eggs in one basket. We want to
roll AIDS prevention and service programs in
with a more comprehensive program addressing
a much broader array of health issues,"
To work toward that goal, Friday's meeting in
Dallas will not focus specifically on HIV, Myers
"We don't have any infrastructure in place that
gives us the capacity to communicate effectively
the way our white counterparts do," Myers said.
"That's the foundation of what we want to do. We
will talk about HIV issues and other health issues.
We'll talk about political awareness and getting
black gay men engaged in the political process.
We'll talk about general social issues, about
financial issues. We'll talk about providing safe
places where people feel they can be both black
and gay at the same time."
Myers added, "There's never been an organi-
zation here like we're talking about now, one that
deals with the totality of being black and gay in
Dallas. This is an opportunity for people to get
involved at every level of our community, instead
of standing on the sidelines."
The Texas Black Gay Network's regional plan-
ning and infonnational meeting begins at 7p.m.
Friday at the offices of the Lambda Legal
Defense and Education Fund, 3500 Oak Lawn,
Suite 500. The meeting is open to all interested
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