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Flip Couto is a member of the AMEM Collective in Brazil, an organization that creates events that serve as a gathering space for dialogue and exchange between black LGBT people, designed to give voice and visibility to the Black, female and LGBT communities. The collective’s priority is to provoke, instigate and rethink the world.
Micheal Rice is a New York City-based creative director, producer, actor and choreographer with over 10 years experience in digital film production, theatre and choreography. Rice has worked with several networks and production companies/agencies including BET, Logo, IMG, Lynch-Dyson entertainment, WME and Plaza 7 agency and in 2015 curated production house Rice Creative, a multi-service agency that specializes in digital film production, staging, art direction, choreography, content-development and creative consulting.
Shannon Ryan is the Executive Director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Canada’s largest Black specific AIDS service organization. Since 1989, Black CAP has worked to respond to the threat of HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Our work is guided by our motto, Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important, which serves as a reminder of our commitment to the human rights and dignity of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Wangari Tharao is the Director of Research and Programs at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community health centre that provides primary healthcare services for African, Caribbean, Black, Latin American and South Asian women in Toronto and surrounding areas. She is also a community-based researcher, researching HIV issues relevant to women living in Canada who have migrated from countries with generalized HIV epidemics, mainly from Africa and the Caribbean. Her research bridges knowledge generation, programmatic and policy practice to support effective actions on HIV.
Wesley Oakes is a strategy worker under the provincial strategy on HIV for African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario and a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at York University. His research examines the ways in which anti-Black racism structures HIV vulnerability and stigma in the lives of Black men with, and at risk of HIV. He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and is a co-investigator on the weSpeak study that examines how Black men in Ontario understand and negotiate sexual and inter-personal HIV-related vulnerabilities.