Saving Ourselves Symposium

The Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) is an annual conference designed to educate and empower the Black LGBTQ+ community in the South. Established in 2013 by founder Marvell L. Terry II and the Red Door Foundation, SOS is a one-of-a-kind conference that provides first-hand information to individuals and organizations with an emphasis on HIV to the Black LGBTQ+ community. 

Sessions provide cutting-edge research, share promising health practices and strategies, and celebrate the culture and creativity of the Black LGBTQ+ community. This convening takes a dual approach of not only prioritizing those who provide services but also those who identify as LGBTQ+. It is a unique and intentional space for the community to share with, learn from, and celebrate one another.

SAC is honored to be the home for SOS.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 among Black communities in the South and in consideration of the health of our communities, the 2021 Saving Ourselves Symposium will not take place. We look forward to SOS 2022 next Summer!


The Virtual Black Print | Summer–Fall 2020

Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) hosts The Virtual Black Print—a Saving Ourselves Symposium Series. Each month SAC addressed issues that impact our community. The series was broadcasted LIVE from SAC’s Facebook page. Watch each session below.

JULY 2020

Session 1: July 16

The State of Black LGBTQ+

Session 2: July 30

Clinical Research and Black Gay Men


Session 3: August 13

The New Southern Belle: Navigating as a Transwoman in the South

Session 4: August 27

BOITALK: a program for masculine of center (MOC) presenting & GNC womxn of color


Session 5

Black LGBTQ+ Folx Arts & Culture

Session 6

Say it at the POLLS!


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