jesse brown – achievement in sexual health promotion/awareness award nominee

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The 2nd annual PRIDE Legacy Awards is a night to celebrate the legacy of activism and volunteerism that has shaped Vancouver’s LGBTQ community.

Jesse Brown is nominated for the pink legacy award for his outstanding achievement in the category of sexual health promotion/awareness.

Tickets are now available for sale through the following link: Legacy Tickets. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to purchase your ticket by a sliding scale donation, please contact legacy@vancouverpride.ca

The following biography was submitted by the nominee or a close friend.

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Jesse Brown

Thank you for the nomination for a Pride Legacy Award in the HIV awareness category. I have spent the last five years of my life committed to building a healthier, more compassionate, and educated gay community by raising awareness about HIV to young people. This desire to give back to the community comes from gratitude I hold for the care and support I’ve received from VCH/PHC and the BC Centre for Excellence with my own HIV+ diagnosis at age 20, and also from recognition of the privilege I hold as a white, middle-class, educated, cis-gendered male able to hold an audience. Given the opportunities and support I have in my life I feel a sense of duty to speak openly about my lived experience as an HIV+ young person in order to challenge stigma and create space for conversations about the reality of HIV in 2014. Through leading by example I hope I break the arbitrary and imaginary divide between HIV positive and negative members in our community, and make disclosure a safer experience for people living with HIV.

Below are two achievements I feel most proud of: In 2011 I co-founded MpowermentYVR (a program of YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society) through a funding application to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Mpowerment Project offers a safe, youth-led space where gay/bi/trans male youth can meet and learn how to take responsibility for health issues in their community. Through building strong community connections and social support for young gay and bi youth, safer sex and healthy relationship messages will better disseminate through the population, helping to change community norms and ultimately reduce HIV incidence among young people. In 2012 I offered my personal story in the film Positive Youth that aired on LOGO, OutTV, and in various film festivals. In the documentary I included topics related to being newly diagnosed, HAART treatment and how this affected my sero-discordant relationship. My goal with being involved with the project was to normalize being a young person living with HIV so that my story would support other viewers struggling with disclosure and acceptance. Thank you again for this opportunity.

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