Brothers of the Desert wellness summit honors past and envisions healthy future for Black gay men

Brothers of the Desert

Wellness Summit guest speakers

PALM SPRINGS – When the fifth annual Brothers of the Desert Wellness Summit convenes on Nov. 11, attendees can expect myriad opportunities to engage with national, state and local thought leaders on a variety of health and wellness topics.

Fourteen notable speakers and facilitators will present workshops and discussions at the summit on relationships, mental health, healthy sex, financial literacy, racism, spirituality, building community and more.

In addition, there will be four inspiring keynote speakers:

  • Greg Millett, a renowned epidemiologist and researcher who helped shaped federal HIV policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with the Obama Administration
  • Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Bishop Yvette Flunder, the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
  • Award-winning filmmaker Nathan Hale Williams, who will also serve as event host

The one-day summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs. The theme is “Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future.” Participants will have the option of attending concurrent workshops at three different times throughout the day, as they meet and connect with Brothers of the Desert members and guests.

“Like the Brothers of the Desert organization, the summit provides a rare opportunity for Black gay men in the U.S. to be fully engaged and heard during conversations about our own well-being,” said Tim Vincent, Brothers of the Desert president and co-founder. “It is incredibly important for us at this time to reflect on the lessons we have learned from the past and use them to create a vision for a healthier future.”

A donation of $25 is suggested to attend, but any amount will be appreciated and accepted.

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please register and reserve a ticket at

About Brothers of the Desert
The nonprofit organization provides a network of support for Black gay men and allies in the Coachella Valley region of Southern California. Incorporated as a 501 (c )(3) in 2020, its mission encompasses philanthropy, volunteerism, mentorship, education, advocacy, and social networking. The organization provides four annual scholarships to local students.

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