Hey, M.I.S.T.E.R: New gay resource center opens

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imageThe gay and bisexual men’s outreach arm of Positive Impact began calling itself MISTER—Men’s Information Services Testing Empowerment Resources—last year. They launch a men's resource center with an open house on Monday. Yep, Monday is Valentine’s Day, so bring your baby to get a feel for the new space, hear about and give input on its projects and be entertained by the Armorettes. “We will open our doors and arms to the community to offer HIV prevention services and community related groups and programs,” says Chandler Bearden, Community Outreach Prevention Specialist at Positive Impact. “Join the staff and volunteers and the Prevention Consumer Advisory Board to discuss what matters to the community and get a feel for the space.” Bearden (photo, yep, he’s also Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010), and the MISTER crew heave the lofty tagline “Anything a gay man wants to find, he can find at MISTER” as their goal. The center aims to be a one-stop resource for information on gay and gay-friendly social clubs, arts, entertainment, sports, nightlife and more. Of course, MISTER's integral relationship with Positive Impact, Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS mental health agency, means that the center will also provide educational workshops, support groups and social activities to promote its already running services like HIV testing, STD screening and one on one counseling. The MISTER Center will also provide free one-on-one risk reduction counseling services for men who are having high-risk sexual encounters and wish to learn how to reduce some of those risks.

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