Pride Toronto is proud to announce the first of many honoured positions for the Pride 2022 commemorations. Chosen by our community advisory panel; the Charity of Choice is The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) Canada’s largest organization dedicated to mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS on the Caribbean, African, and Black communities.
About Pride 2022 Charity of Choice, Black CAP
Since its founding in 1989, Black CAP has provided culturally relevant outreach, prevention, and support services to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among Toronto’s Black population and enhance the quality of life for those already living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. As Black people continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS—making up 20% of Ontario cases despite being merely 5% of the province’s population—their experiences are made worse by the stigma, racism, homophobia, and poverty that create inequitable access to essential supports and services. Black CAP works specifically to confront these barriers.
With an approach rooted in anti-oppression and equity, and under the motto “All Black People’s Lives are Important,” Black CAP offers a range of services and programs catered to the identities, experiences and needs of Toronto’s richly diverse Black population. From awareness campaigns and harm reduction programs to newcomer settlement services and peer support groups, Black CAP’s programming is a holistic and expansive response to the Black community’s needs. Over the past 33 years, Black CAP has been able to extend the reach of its mission and mandate thanks to local, provincial, national, and international campaigns and initiatives; purposeful partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organizations; the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS; and the tireless commitment of their staff and volunteers who recognize the urgent need for this work. The progress Black CAP has made is remarkable, but the work is far from done.
To learn more about Black CAP’s mission and how you can contribute, visit http://www.blackcap.ca/