Programs

Condom Access Points (CAPS)

Need free condoms? We have those! Check our our Condom Access Points program: there are a couple different free condom dispensers at businesses and universities around Baltimore. Additionally, you can always stop into the STAR TRACK Clinic at 120 Penn St. and pick up free condoms, lube, and other useful and fun hot sex resources and tools!

Does your business or organization wants to sign up to be a Condom Access Point? Does your organization just need a free condom delivery?

Contact Eva Fury, Community Mobilization Coordinator
efury@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-4792

Chill Sessions

Our chill sessions are regular free events and hangouts. Chill sessions offer open discussions, facilitated conversations, and support for when you need it. They are great places to grab some free food, learn from your peers, and make new friends.

RISE (Re-Writing Inner Scripts)

RISE is a two-day session for young same gender loving, gay, bisexual, and queer men (ages 18-26). RISE provides a healthy, self-affirming environment for guys to to explore complicated life-issues. Topics include self-acceptance, disclosure, racism, homophobia, internalized oppression, relationships, love, power, freedom, and empowerment. RISE always offers free food, new friends, and good times.

Contact Lamont S Bryant
lbryant@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-6033

Girl Talk

Girl talk is an exclusive group for trans women to build community, connect and learn with each other, and access information and resources. Girl Talk is a Your Trans Care program run by our transgender STAR TRACK staff members. Girl talk is a unique space for engaging and empowering trans women in Baltimore.

Contact Bethany Henderson
bhenderson@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-4789

Positive Thinking

A safe space for HIV positive youth to support each other and learn how to live full healthy lives. Our group plays games, shares food, and learns life skills for people living with HIV. Topics covered include staying positive, sticking to medication schedules, understanding personal finance, healthy relationships, and more. Positive Thinking provides an optimistic, light atmosphere where young people can feel comfortable with themselves and others.

Contact Lonnie Bishop
lbishop@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-2000

PrEP

PrEP is pill you take once a day to prevent HIV transmission. It’s for people who test negative for HIV, but find themselves in situations where their chances of contracting HIV are elevated. STAR TRACK’s PrEP program is centered around you and what you need. We have medical and non-medical case management to help you figure out if PrEP is right for you and how to structure your life so that taking PrEP is easy, regular, and not a big deal.

Our PrEP navigation team is always coming up with new ways to introduce people to PrEP. Here are a few places you might see them:

PrEP Pop-ups

PrEP Pop Ups are quick lil educational events! Our PrEP navigators head out to a Baltimore city neighborhood, set up a STAR TRACK tent, hand out PrEP info, and engage people in conversation. Lucky visitors might win giveaways or STAR TRACK swag! If you see the STAR TRACK tent come holla! We want to meet you!

#PrEPafterDark

#PrEPAfterDark is our semi-annual sexy PrEP party and panel that pushes the boundaries of sex education by shining some light on what folks do in the dark. PrEPAfterDark events are themed after underground sexual activities, like how to safely practice kink, BDSM, and erotic dancing. Then we hold a panel discussion to introduce PrEP and talk about how you can take charge of your own sexual power by including PrEP in your sex life.

PrEP n play

PrEP ‘n Play starts with creative youth-centered conversations about love, sex, and relationships and ends with a dope-ass party. People come to learn about how to make the most out of their relationships and friendships, include PrEP in their daily routines, win some prizes and then just kick it! Once our conversations are over we throw a dance party and set up a bunch of different games and activities depending on what’s hot. Remember PokemonGo?

 

For more information about our PrEP programming Contact Lonnie Bishop
lbishop@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-2000

XGen: The Super Advocacy League

XGen is a social group for LGBTQ youth in Baltimore City. Our goals are to build community for LGBTQ youth and dismantle stigma around health. Throughout the year XGen will plan and host several awesome events including dance parties, movie nights, and game nights. Follow us on

XGroup: XGroup is our monthly chill session where participants can explore how to make sex sexy and safe, while dispelling misconceptions of HIV and PrEP. Join us at the next XGroup!

Every 1st Thursday @ 120 Penn from 6pm-9pm. Free food, drinks!

Community Meetings: XGen welcomes LGBTQ youth to participate in our monthly planning and feedback of events. Want to get involved? Join us at our next community meeting!

Every 3rd Monday @ 120 Penn from 6pm-8pm

Social Meet Ups: Social meet ups are for mixing, mingling, and enjoying fun activities. Check out the calendar for our next movie night, game night, or special event!

Every 4th Thursday @ 120 Penn from 6pm-9pm. Free food, drinks!

For more information about XGen
Contact Lamont Bryant
lbryant@som.umaryland.edu
(410) 706-2000

 

Unique Collaborations

STAR TRACK participate in coalition building and advocacy to address the different and complex needs of youth and young adults. Our areas of interest include sexual health, education, foster care, juvenile justice, housing instability, mental health, substance use, racial justice, and reproductive justice.

BLACK TREATMENT ADVOCATES NETWORK (BTAN)

A unique collaboration that links Black Americans with HIV into care and treatment, strengthens local and national leadership, connects influential peers, raises HIV science and treatment literacy in Black communities, and advocates for policy change and research priorities.

BALTIMORE HOMELESS YOUTH INITIATIVE (BHYI)

A coalition of government and community agencies seeking to fill critical gaps in care for homeless youth. BHYI’s goal is to integrate disconnected services and ensure that youth, ages 14 to 24, receive the support they need to become self-sufficient, productive citizens. BHYI identifies existing resources and needs, develops and coordinates effective programs, educates its members about best practices, and helps to shape and promote policies benefiting homeless youth.

BALTIMORE IN CONVERSATION (BIC)

A movement of vibrant LGBTQ people, allies, and health care providers addressing sexual health and sexual identity issues in Baltimore through shared conversations and collective actions. Fostering holistic sexual health for queer people of color in Baltimore through our shared stories and lived experiences.

The Baltimore Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Council

The Baltimore Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Council advises the Commissioner on issues affecting the LGBT community in Baltimore City. The LGBT Advisory Council is made up of Baltimore City LGBT organizations and community members as an intermediary between the Baltimore City Police Department and the community.

GBSGL RESPONSE TEAM

The Gay, Bisexual, Same Gender Loving Men’s Response Team (GBSGLM-RT) is Maryland based coalition that aims to launch and sustain a linked framework of culturally competent, evidence-based HIV prevention services for gay, bisexual, and same gender loving men in Maryland.

LGBTQ YOUTH PROM – Baltimore

A 100% free annual prom for high school aged LGBTQ youth in Maryland. The LGBTQ youth prom is designed, planned, and organized by a small collective of Baltimore-based LGBTQ advocated and organizations.

SPEAKFIRE!

Speak Fire is a brave space for Black LGBTQ folks and allies to reflect on our histories of great resistance and love. Th­e Center for Black Equity-Baltimore, STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program at University of Maryland, Black Trans* Advocacy, and Sistas of the “T” have partnered together to host these panels with the understanding that all Black lives matter.

TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION INITIATIVE (TPPI)

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative works to reduce teen births by improving young people’s access to age-appropriate and evidence-based health education, medically appropriate clinical services, and opportunities to engage their communities and grow as civic leaders. TPPI’s current interests include reviewing sexual health curricula, providing LGBTQ 101 and Allyship 101 trainings for members, and providing LGBTQ 101 and “how to advocate for your peers” trainings for Youth Advisory Council housed within the Initiative.

TRANSGENDER ACTION GROUP (TAG)

The Transgender Action Group (TAG) identifies and addresses the health, legal, and housing needs of transgender sex workers in Baltimore City. TAG conducts street-based harm reduction services twice a month. Volunteers and stipended sex workers from the community distribute safer sex kits, provide legal services and HIV/STI testing, and offer information about transgender-safe resources.

TRANSGENDER RESPONSE TEAM (TRT)

The Transgender Response Team (TRT) is a collection of people from transgender communities, their allies, service providers, and others interested in improving the health of transgender Marylanders. TRT executes timely projects and reactions to current events and needs that influence the transgender community in Maryland.

YOUTH EQUALITY ALLIANCE (YEA)

Youth Equality Alliance (YEA) is a statewide coalition of various service providers, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individual advocates that seeks to identify policy and regulatory solutions to problems faced by LGBTQ youth in Maryland education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems.