Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (02.25.10) - Friday,
The Global Forum on MSM HIV (MSMGF) - a network of civil
society groups, advocates, and AIDS organizations worldwide
working with men who have sex with men - will hold an open
house on March 1 to celebrate its move to a new headquarters.
"The MSMGF is the only advocacy organization focused
specifically on the global HIV epidemic among [MSM]," its
executive officer, clinical psychologist George Ayala, said in
a statement. "Oakland's sustained response to a devastating
epidemic among MSM of color has given local service providers
a depth of experience that is extremely valuable; we look
forward to working with our local colleagues and partners
abroad to ensure MSM everywhere have the services they need."
The group's $1.7 million budget comes mostly "in the form of
grants from foundations and governments," according to Jack
Beck, communications associate, though it receives no funds
from the US government. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is
expected to attend the celebration, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
at 436 14th St. in Oakland.