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2019 Saving Ourselves Symposium Sponsors

About Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS)

The Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS), hosted by The Red Door Foundation, addresses the health and wellness of the Black LGBTQ community in the South, focusing on HIV and other health disparities.  

(SOS), is an annual conference designed to provide cutting edge research, promising practices, and HIV/AIDS behavior change techniques in efforts to educate, encourage, and empower the Black LGBTQ community. Started in 2013, SOS is a one-of-a-kind conference that has provided first-hand information to service providers and service users working within and throughout the Black LGBTQ community.


The 2019 Saving Ourselves Symposium is slated for May 29 - June 2, in Charleston, SC at the Marriott North Charleston.  This meeting is a collaboration between community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments (HDs), national organizations and The Red Door Foundation, Inc.  Registration is now open.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (December 1, 2018- January 31, 2019) - $130.00

Regular Registration (February 1- April 30, 2019) - $200.00

Beginning May 1, 2019 (and onsite registration) - $280.00

Red Gala Ticket Cost


Conference Attire

May 29, 30, June 1 and 3 - Tribal and/or Message T-Shirts;

*June 2 (day) - Conference T-Shirt;

June 2 (evening) Red Gala - Black Vintage Hollywood

Bring comfortable, close toe shoes and pants for Community Service

Our Venue

Saving Ourselves Symposium 2019 (SOS) will be held Marriott North Charleston which is the official conference hotel. Please click here for reservations.  

Marriott North Charleston

4770 Goer Drive

North Charleston, SC, 29406 United States


Hotel Rates

Single/Double: $140.00

Conference Discounts:

Parking Complimentary and onsite

Airport Complimentary Shuttle

WiFI available in guest room

Attendees might also call Marriott Central Reservations 24/7 at 1-888-236-2427. When calling, please reference group code “RDA”.

Conference Goals

  • Create a safe space to openly and candidly discuss health and wellness concerns within the Black LGBTQ community

  • Provide updated and time-sensitive information regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the Black LGBTQ community

  • Provide collaborative opportunities for service providers and service users to strategically identify steps to decrease HIV/AIDS outcomes among Black LGBTQ individuals living in the South

  • Improve the linkage and retention-in-care treatment outcomes for Black LGBTQ individuals living with HIV in the South

  • Recognize that HIV is a social justice issue that involve issues such as mass incarnation, poverty, racism  and housing- just  to name a few.

Agenda At A Glance

Please find draft Agenda At A Glance. This agenda is subject to change.


The planning committee for the 2019 Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) welcomes the submission of abstracts.  Abstracts can be submitted here

Abstract submissions can be submitted under one focus area:

  • Social Justice

  • HIV and other Health Disparities

  • Clinical, Research and Public Education

  • Community Mobilization and Culture

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Full descriptions can be found here


Scholarships will prioritize those living with HIV and those that identify as Black LGBTQ.  Geographic diversity will be important, with a special focus on the South and regions where HIV disproportionately impacts people of color.

If awarded, Scholarship recipients will be required to register for confirmation with payment. The conference will then purchase coach class tickets via air, train or bus. Scholarship recipients must live at least 50 miles outside of the Birmingham city boundaries in order to be eligible for a travel scholarship.

Scholarship application can be completed online.  Deadline: January 31, 2019


The conference accepts checks and money orders made payable to The Red Door Foundation, Inc., as well as the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. Registration will only be accepted with payments.


If paying by any method other than credit card, please submit checks/purchase orders via the print-friendly registration form here. If you have additional questions contact us at or by mail to:


The Red Door Foundation, Inc.

1650 Madison Ave, Suite 600

Memphis, TN 38104

Demographic Information

The confidentiality of contact and demographic details provided on this form – including name, mailing address, zip code, telephone number, gender, and HIV status cannot be guaranteed. The registration and scholarship selection processes often require that information provided on forms be shared with TRDF Staff, program partners and corporate sponsors.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued.


Please download the 2019 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packet.  If you would like to sponsor, email us at 


You can apply to be an exhibitor here