In 2008, Black CAP produced the booklet ‘Dealing With Being Different’, a resource for Black LGBT youth and their parents. With funding from the City of Toronto – Access and Equity Program and the Community One Foundation, Black CAP chose to develop this resource booklet to help Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) Black youth and their families with the “coming out” process. Black CAP also wants to support youth struggling with issues about sexuality, and who are feeling disconnected from the support of family. Black CAP recognizes that as a result of this isolation, homophobia and rejection, many LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
In the process of creating this booklet, Black CAP consulted with, and gathered support from, a number of individuals and organizations. Special thanks to Supporting Our Youth – and the
Black Queer Youth Group (BQY), staff and students at the Triangle Alternative School Program, our partners in the project, the African Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), and finally our funders at the City of Toronto and the Community One Foundation.
In addition, Black CAP is working with a number of community partners on the ‘Black Friends and Families’ project. In response to this identified need, Black CAP, in collaboration with a number of partner agencies, has initiated the development of a designated chapter of PFLAG Canada called Black Families and Friends (BFF), a collective of agencies and community members whose focus will be to specifically address the needs of Black LGBT youth and their families. Currently, partner agencies include GLAD, SAPACCY, the Griffin Center – Not Pink program, the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre (TRCC) and Supporting Our Youth.
All interested youth, community members and service providers are welcome to contact the Men's Prevention Coordinator for more information, resources and/or volunteer enquiries at