The Body Positivity & Self Love Project is a series of programs dedicated to affirming everyBODY with a social justice lens.


Neutral NationVirtual Art Exhibit: Neutral Nation

Wednesday, February 17
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In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NEUTRAL NATION is a virtual art exhibit highlighting sex positive and body positive artwork, poetry, and photography that showcases strength, hope, resiliency, and power. NEUTRAL NATION is about removing the judgment and values attached to HIV test results. Status Neutral is the idea that no matter one’s status, they can still access the support services needed as we are all in this fight together. Presented by: Research with a Heart at NJMS, ArtFront Galleries, The Queer Newark Oral History Project, University Hospital, Rutgers School of Public Health CHIBPS program, and local visual and performance artists.

Navigating Family of Origin & Expanding Your Chosen FamilyNavigating Family of Origin & Expanding Your Chosen Family

Thursday, February 18 | 6:00PM
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Join us for a CAPS workshop where we explore how to navigate challenges with your family of origin, expand your support network (chosen family), and affirm your queer and trans identities.

Queer Sex and Dating in the Time of COVID-19Queer Sex and Dating in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, February 24 | 7PM
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Join us for an evening of fun and learning about safer sexuality in our time. Prizes available! Presented in partnership with Research with a Heart at NJMS (@researchwithaheart on Instagram).
Privacy notes: No registration required. This zoom webinar allows participants to see the presenters but not each other. Your default zoom display name will be visible to the presenters, but you can ask anonymous questions using the Q&A function.

Colloquium Part I: Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ CommunitiesColloquium Part I: Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care for LGBTQAI+ Communities

Thursday, February 25 & Friday, February 26
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LGBTQAI+ communities have faced discrimination in health care due to inadequate medical policy, health insurance discrimination, and entrenched prejudice. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. This colloquium brings together experts from medical and mental health, social sciences, and humanities scholars. This event advances and challenges the national discussion on health care systems. All health care providers must practice cultural sensitivity and inclusion in order to increase our capacity for providing critical and holistic health care. Join the national conversation to redefine health care as a more beloved community.