On a final and very personal note: I was able to post six or eight times daily for many years. I can't do that now. Sometimes I can do three or four posts a day. Sometimes I can't do any. But I can elevate and report "our" news, issues and concerns to global platforms. Unfortunately it takes very many hours, days and weeks to write, report, interview, transcribe, travel and elevate your work so that you can get a "like" from MIT, SciAm, The Atlantic, EBONY, international fellowships, universities, the GLAAD Media Awards, etc. Some people can't understand that. Others are envious, resentful and spread false rumors. I'm okay with that. Sometimes you need fewer people around you—fewer "likes" and fake "friends"—if they have negative energy and try to sabotage your success. Leave them behind and laser-focus on your goals. Thanks to all who have supported me all along.
This is fantastic. MUSED Magazine and its editor/publisher Drew-Shane Daniels have recognized their first annual "Game Changers" ... described as "the successes of the everyday people–activists, artists, and advocates whose work on the ground often goes unseen [and] unacknowledged."
The freshman class includes many of my favorite people, places and things: The talented young brothas behind Morehouse College Safe Space — seen above — who helped to fight homophobia and violence on campus and lead the effort for the Morehouse's first Black LGBT-themed course; writer, activist and filmmaker Antoine Craigwell; Center for American Progress policy analyst, writer and Georgetown Univ visiting professor (yesss!) Preston D. Mitchum; the amazing Wade A. Davis II and Darnell L. Moore's LGBT sports advocacy program You Belong; Daniel D Driffin, the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition, Venton Jones, Ernest Hopkins, Cornelius Baker, David Malebranche, Meico Whitlock, Anthony Roberts Jr., Christopher Watson and the many amazing people behind the Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Initiative; South African writer and social justice activist Eddie Ndopu; Broadway actor Lamar Baylor; fashion photographer Ahmad Tamir Barber ... and yours truly.
The "2013 Game Changers" are an amazing cross selection of the excellence found within our communities. I'm honored and humbled to be included in the freshman class. Thanks to Drew and Mused Magazine for recognizing these many talented men. Congratulations to all of these amazing "2013 Game Changers." Looking forward to more brilliance from each of them and so many others in 2014!
To the entire Rod 2.0 family—friends, frenemies and readers far and near—have the merriest Christmas and a very joyous holiday season. And a special holiday virtual hug to the dynamic advertisers who helped sponsor Rod 2.0 into another year.
We're enjoying the holiday with friends and family. Through next week, the blog will be published on a reduced schedule. May the season bring happiness, joy and peace to you and your loved ones.
Light posting this week. I'm traveling to Dallas and returning to Chicago for two important conferences on gay men's health.
Catching a flight to Dallas this afternoon for a 2-day trip to the 2013 NASTAD National Stigma Summit on Black and Latino Gay Men’s Health. The conference is sponsored by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and will bring together health departments, funders, policy makers, advocate and stakeholders "for a dynamic dialogue centered on stigma that impacts Black and Latino gay men’s health." I've been asked to moderate a session stigma and bias against Black and Latino gay/bisexual men in the media.
There is also a Twitter Town Hall on Thursday evening at 630P/CT. Follow @NASTAD and use the hashtag #HIVstigma.
The view looking east toward the Costa Brava from my suite on the 25th floor of the Hotel Barcelona Princess in Barcelona, Spain. To the left is the rooftop pool. Lower right is the famous—or perhaps infamous—architectural landmark Museu Blau de les Ciències Naturals. Upper right is the Olympic Forum and harbor. The Mediterranean Sea is just blocks away ...
Where you could see a rainbow as the clouds parted. To the lower right
is the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona—home to
#AIDSVax2013—and the Olympic Forum is in the middle. This is gorgeous
Placa de Willy Brandt.
Here it is from the ground ...
That is the Barcelona Princess in the background on the right. It's fantastic to stay in a hotel across the street from a conference center. And the surrounding area is absolutely brilliant.
I'll be working in Barcelona the entire week and then will spend a day in Munich.
AIDS Vaccine Barcelona 2013
has awarded me an international media fellowship. #AIDSVax2013 will open tomorrow and has been described as
the world's "largest international conference of researchers, advocates,
clinicians, private sector partners and public health experts" focused
exclusively on HIV vaccine research. The fellowship is sponsored by Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, the Catalan Program for HIV Vaccine Research and the government of Catalonia.