MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto by activists from around the world concerned about the silence surrounding HIV among men who have sex with men, including gay and bisexual men. MSMGF was born out of an urgent need to act.
2016 will be a milestone year for MSMGF, marking 10 years of global HIV and human rights advocacy for men who have sex with men. It is now clearer than ever that we need to keep pushing for equitable health care access for all with support from the community level all the way to top governing bodies.
In 2015, the global landscape for HIV and men who have sex with men is in the midst of dramatic changes. There are important medical and policy breakthroughs to capitalize on, but reductions and disparities in funding for community-based programming serving men who have sex with men threaten these wins. There is still much work ahead.
To help kick-off MSMGF’s 10-year anniversary and recommitment to the sexual health and rights of men who have sex with men worldwide, we changed our look and logo. We have modernized our website to make it easier to use. Our social media and blog platforms are now integrated as news feeds to streamline the exchange of critical information to our stakeholders. MSMGF also initiated a strategic planning process. The process began with a foresight exercise that asked stakeholders to imagine HIV 40 years from now. That exercise yielded “A Fundamental Shift: The Future of the Global MSM and HIV Movement.”
MSMGF’s 10-year anniversary celebration will culminate on Saturday, July 16, 2016 with our 1-day pre-conference event affiliated with the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Aligned with the International AIDS Conference theme – Access, Equity, Rights, Now – MSMGF will use our agency’s new tagline to theme our pre-conference – (Expertise + Empathy + Evidence) x Action = Change.
This year, registration for MSMGF’s Pre-Conference will open on December 1st as an integrated part of the International AIDS Conference registration. PLEASE REGISTER! We strongly encourage you to apply for scholarship support using the International AIDS Conference application procedures. We look forward to having you join MSMGF’s 10-year celebration in Durban next year! Let’s raise our voices in commemoration of our movement’s achievements.
MSMGF has worked since 2006 to encourage targeted, tailored, better resourced, and rights- based sexual health services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide through its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in global-level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries.