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MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights was founded in 2006 as The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) by an international group of activists who were concerned about the disproportionate HIV burden being shouldered by gay and bisexual men. We have since changed our name to reflect our desire for greater impact within the broader sexual health and human rights agendas for all men who have sex with men.

Stigma, discrimination, and violence are leading barriers to the health of our communities, especially in countries that criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. This has been historically true, however community-led services have remained under-valued and underfunded everywhere in the world. Additionally, space for the meaningful involvement of civil society is shrinking.

That’s where we at MPact come in.

Our innovative strategy for advocacy is based on our belief in the power of connection. We believe that our impact is greatest when we can connect grassroots activists to global funders, connect healthcare providers with the populations who need their services most, and connect members of our community from every corner of the world to each other.

We work to bring global attention to local concerns. MPact is directly linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries around the world and thousands of activists online who are fighting for gay men’s health and rights. Through policy monitoring, funding, and programmatic support, we can empower LGBT-led community groups in countries where being openly gay could very literally cost someone their life.

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MPact is legally registered in the United States as a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization.