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"FIGHTING INEQUALITY THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMMING FOR THE BLACK LGBTQ COMMUNITY "
Relationship Unleashed was founded in Memphis, TN 2014 by two passionate African American community leaders, Dr. Davin D. Clemons and his mother Gwendolyn D. Clemons, MBA, PRC with the purpose to create social, cultural, and professional equity for members of the Black LGBTQ + community and the community of Shelby County, TN. One area in particular that they found problematic in Memphis was the continuous rise in new HIV diagnosis in Black same gender loving men and Black cis-gendered women. This was alarming because those folxs looked like them, their son, brother, sister and friends. The city they loved so much has been ranked in the top 10 in new HIV diagnosis for years. In order to help reduce the new HIV diagnosis numbers they knew it was going to take the trust of the community to align with an agency committed to this change. In Memphis, TN "People Living Positively" need and deserve an opportunity to thrive and live productively. What started as a grassroot movement in 2014, has grown into a multilevel organization were Relationship Unleashed have expanded to include "T-AWARE" an initiative for the Transgender & GNC community, "SiStars" an educational, peer-to-peer support group for Cis-Black Women living positively with HIV. This work to end the stigma and existence of HIV has become a labor of love, where they regularly used personal (out-of-pocket) funding to ensure the community have the proper services they need. The Clemonses put a lot of thought and actionable efforts into how they wanted to enter into the nonprofit sector. One pillar of their distinction would be "if they were for the people then the people should be out front leading." In order to achieve this they had to be intentional about employing and empowering trans-gendered and same-gender loving folxs, promoting the health and dignity of those impacted by drug use with Harm Reduction practices.
Relationship Unleashed featured during the 2021 32nd GLAAD Media Awards
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Unleashed Thursday's Live Stream on Facebook
CST 7 pm until 8 pm
Unleashed Thursday's has become our primary virtual space to centering important discussions about systemic issues directly affecting our beloved community. At the beginning of 2020 the entire world declared a pandemic due to the invasion of the Coronavirus. The impact of this virus has crippled all aspect of normalcy in our daily lives. Individuals with HIV/AIDS are deemed high risk to succumb to this infection. The sheer trauma has created an unforeseen public health "mental health crisis!" In response to these new challenges we launched our live streaming show via Zoom to Facebook to reach our community with impactful services.
OUR Programs & initiatives
Relationship Unleashed Monthly Educational Programs
The Unleashed Voice Show on Facebook Live
The Unleashed Voice Podcast
T-AWARE Trans & GNC Services
Sistar's for Black Cis-Gender Women Living Positively
The Memphis Center of Black Equity
The Path Forward "Social Justice, Faith, & the Black LGBQIA+
Building Power & Equity w/ Harm Reduction
The Path Forward "Fact Over Fears"
COVID-19 Hesitancy Campaign
With these initiatives, we fulfill our mission by centering our programs to address the health and wellness issues confronting the Black Community, particularly the LGBTQIA+. This is achieved through our educational and advocacy services. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.