We are excited to introduce Diogo Sousa as our newest team member to lead our project in Brazil and Colombia aimed at strengthening black, gay-led organisations in the two countries.
Diogo Sousa is a Psychologist and PhD Candidate at Public Health at the Federal University of Bahia. Diogo is based in Salvador City, Bahia State, Brazil, and attended to University of California, Riverside, as a Visiting Scholar. His work focuses on black men’s health and trans men’s health, black masculinities, anti-black genocide in Brazil, and Socioeducacional Measures.
Diogo created the Work Group “Psychology, Gender Identities and Sexualities” in the Regional Council of Psychology of Bahia and also worked with other psychologists building technical documents focused on race, gender, gender identity, and sexuality. He worked with youth who attended Socioeducacional Measures (a program to assist youth in conflict with the law).
Diogo has spent over 10 years researching Men’s Health, including research on Trans Men’s Health in Salvador City, Bahia State, and, currently, Black Men’s Health and anti-black genocide in Brazil. He has attended lectures and classes, facilitated trainings, and been interviewed on the topic.
GBGMC’s project in Brazil and Colombia will influence the policies, budgets, service delivery approaches, and social factors that are barriers to HIV prevention and treatment for communities, and demand creation for proven HIV prevention tools like PrEP and literacy on ARVs.
We will also be conducting a landscape analysis to take stock of the capacity which is urgently needed.