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PrEP activist Phil Samba teamed up with Leon Lopez of Brown Boy Productions to create a series of #PrEPchats. The clips feature men of colour talking about PrEP and was proudly supported by iwantPrEPnow.

We went behind the scenes to ask them some questions.

Exclusive: Behind the scenes

Why are projects like this important?

“I know that a lot of men of colour are not taking PrEP”, says Phil.

While looking into the statistics of PrEP trials from all over the world, Phil Samba was able to identify that only a minority of the participants were men of colour, in particular black males.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Phil | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Blaize is a British-born of Afro-Guyanese descent and one of the participants in this campaign. The marketing communications professional came across PrEP via the British website IWantPrEPNow. He’s one of the very few black men he knows taking it.

He feels that there is a lack of content targeting black and minority communities regarding sexual health.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Blaze | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Representation in media: Why is it important?

Born in the Philippines and UAE-raised is currently residing in London. The set designer is one of the participants in this series. In our behind the scenes interview, Duane makes a bridge between representation and levels of engagement.

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“A lot of media that we see concerning sexual health is mainly centred around the experience of white gay men which you know is clearly not my experience or something that I can fully engage with.”

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Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Duane | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Andrei was born in Barbados and raised in the UK with family of British, Bajan, and Indian origin. He recognises the lack of representation.

“There’s not enough black representation of individuals who are taking PrEP and open about speaking about it, and sharing their experiences”

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Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Andrei | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

Blaize points out that statistics prove that the message is not reaching the communities effectively.

“Although HIV rates in the UK in general are falling, within ethnic minority communities, and with gay black men especially, they’re still rising”.

Blaize

“I don’t see a lot of South Asian men in advertisements or campaigns linked to LGBT issues” says Fahad.

Men of Colour Talk About Prep – Fahad | Credit: Brown Boy Productions

The only way to increase the levels of engagement is by making all communities feel included and represented.

Now is the time to have these conversations

Duane believes that now is the time to have these conversations.

“People are having conversations about race and I feel like using that momentum to also break down stigmas regarding the intersection of race and sexuality and healthcare”

With this project, Phil hopes that people of all demographics, sexualities and genders to learn more about PrEP and to understand it from different people’s perspectives.


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David Marshall is supporting charities using his OnlyFans page

Unfortunately not all charities are ok with it

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Sex is unfortunately still looked down upon. Therefore many charities try to steer clear from it as much as possible.

David Marshall, a professional wrestler, personal trainer, and model from Perth – Australia, tried to donate $5,000AUD he raised via his OnlyFans page to Australian suicide prevention charity Beyond Blue. The charity rejected the donation due to ‘violation of their policy’.

The idea to raise money to Beyond Blue came after a long chat with someone that has been clean for five years through AA.

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David Marshall | Photo: Joel Devereux

After his father passed away two years ago, Marshall became aware of the lack of support and research available for people from older generations.

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“They’re stuck with the harden-the-fuck up attitude” described the model.

In a short period of time, the professional wrestler was able to raise more than $5000AUD for the suicide prevention charity.

The charity’s attitude hurt him

Back in December 2018, after an interview with Gay Star News, it came to the charity’s attention how he had raised the money. Beyond Blue contacted Marshall to inform him that they could not accept it because the collection violated their policies.

“They gave me the option to make it an anonymous donation and not to mention my fundraising for them, or they could give the money back,” he told Mainly Male.

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Marshall raised over A$5000 for the charity on OnlyFans | Photo: Erikson A. Nygaard

The charity have also asked Marshall to remove all mentions of the charity from his social media profiles. The charity claimed that all fundraising activities should be registered.

“To hear that a charity didn’t want me to give them my extra cash was a slap in the face – to have it thrown back at me hurt a bit,” he reveals to us.

“You can’t spread awareness in silence”

Determined to keep his promise and give back to society, Marshall called Sydney-based not-for-profit Black Dog Institute. The facility undertakes research into the prevention, early intervention and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder.

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David and his dog Ronnie | Photo: David Marshall (instagram)

After checking their policies, the not-for-profit was happy to accept the donation. Marshall decided to double the amount and donated a total amount of $10,000AUD.

“I think we’re now sitting at around $13,000AUD donated in total,” he proudly reveals to us.

In the future, the professional wrestler will keep looking for more ways to give back to Black Dog. He is also determined in producing more content for his OnlyFans page.

By signing up to David Marshall’s OnlyFans page you will not only have access to exclusive content from the model but also supporting the Black Dog Institute.

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