The Counter Narrative Project
builds power among black gay men and works in solidarity and coalition with all
movements committed to social and racial justice. The Counter Narrative Project was founded in 2014 to create a
political home for black gay men and our allies. We believe that storytelling is critical to social change, and by
amplifying the voices of black gay men, we are shifting the public narrative.
At the Counter Narrative Project
we also believe in the power of collective memory as a way to respond to collective trauma. We stand in the tradition of the 1980s black gay cultural renaissance & see our work as a love letter to our ancestors like Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs, and Joseph Beam.
Established in 1985, Us Helping Us began as a group of volunteers that provided holistic health information for people living with AIDS. The strategy was to teach natural holistic techniques – involving the body, mind, and spirit – for health maintenance. As it exists today, Us Helping Us is an experienced CBO with two locations in the greater Washington, DC area, including a certified, freestanding mental health clinic, and works tirelessly to achieve health equity for underserved and marginalized populations in the greater Washington, DC area.
For 40 years, Whitman-Walker Health
has strived to be a sanctuary for the underserved populations of the Greater Washington area. Through multiple sites in Washington, DC, staff provide stigma-free, culturally competent and vital healthcare to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, as well to those living with or affected by HIV; and to individuals who cannot afford
to pay or feel uncomfortable in other healthcare settings. For 40 years, we have been a place where we see the person first; a healthcare home where patients are treated with the dignity, respect, and love they deserve.