A word from our editor:
As many of you know, I am the Social Network Strategies and Outreach Coordinator at HIV Alliance. During my tenure, it has been my honor and passion to increase the community’s awareness of how to prevent HIV and have a healthier and fuller sexual life.
Yet, I have found that my job is much more than getting people to test regularly for HIV and to use condoms properly. My position has afforded me the opportunity to get to know the queer community in Eugene thoroughly. To hear your joys, passions, frustrations, and needs in ways that I wasn’t even aware of before taking this position.
Today is about taking these messages to heart for me. I have worked closely with my Outreach team, the management at HIV Alliance, and community partners to bring the Unzipped Alliance Project to fruition, and I could not be happier about what we have put together.
So you may be wondering at this point, what is Unzipped Alliance? Why should I pay attention to it?
Unzipped Alliance is a community driven effort to increase the sexual health and wellness for queer men in Oregon. We have several aspects, and I want to introduce each of them to you.
As you probably have already gathered, since you are reading this, Unzipped Alliance is a blog. Our goal is to fill it with original content addressing the issues that affect queer men. We also comb the internet tirelessly for fun, interesting, and useful articles and content. We update regularly, so check back often.
More importantly, we are launching today the Unzipped Alliance Hotline. You can call, text, or email questions, concerns, or thoughts in to us. All of your communications are confidential, private, and anonymous. The phone number is 541-735-0999. We respond as quickly as possible, but this is not an emergency service, so forgive us if it takes a little bit to get back to you. If you are experiencing an emergency, you should not call us, but rather call 911 or the appropriate emergency response service. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as well for a rapid response from our highly trained and motivated team.
Unzipped Alliance is about a conversation. It is a dialogue that happens between all of us. We are all stakeholders in our own personal health, and the wellbeing of the community.
I, for one, am excited.
This is not a new conversation, merely a new vehicle to further it.
How will you contribute?