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.

Continuing Education Credit

The Red Door Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center to provide continuing education (CE) credits to social workers, nurse practitioners, and certified counselors at #SOS2018 in Birmingham, AL.  This year, we will be providing free CEs for the following groups:

Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners provider number 0134

National Board for Certified Counselors provider number 6882

Alabama Board of Nursing provider status pending

Alabama state licensed nurses can use ABSWE hours as ethics hours.

If you plan to participate in the conference this year and obtain CE credits, you must register with TRDF and pay the conference registration fee. Next, you are to visit the following SE AETC websites to complete the CE registration process for the CE. First, if you do not have a current SE AETC profile, you must log in to: https://www.seaetc.com/profile-registration/, and create a profile. After completing the profile, you will be asked to login and register for the Saving Ourselves Symposium 2018 at the following link:  https://www.seaetc.com/event/?ER_ID=8046. If you already have a profile with SE AETC, you can skip step 1 and just login and register for the event. 

Schedule At A Glance

Please find the 2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium schedule at a glance here.  Agenda is subject to change.


Our Venue

Saving Ourselves Symposium 2018 (SOS) will be held Sheraton Birmingham which is the official conference hotel. Please click here for reservations.  

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North,

Birmingham, AL, 35203, United States

Phone: 205-324-5000  Hotel Reservations: 888-627-7095


Reservations can be made by calling 888-627-7095 and requesting the group name “The Red Door Foundationor online.  The hotel cut-off date to receive the conference rate is June 1, 2018 or until available. After this date, there is no guarantee the conference rate will be available. All reservations are subject to state and local taxes and will require a first night’s deposit paid with a major credit card at the time of the reservation

Hotel Rates

Single/Double: $139.00

Conference Discounts:

Parking: $6.00

Airport Complimentary Shuttle

WiFI available in guest room

Parking: $6.00


The planning committee for the 2018 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, 2018

Full descriptions can be found here

Room rates are quoted exclusive of state/local taxes and fees, currently 11% and $.75 per occupied room, per day.


The 2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium is slated for June 6 - 10, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel .  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.

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.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration (December 1- January 31, 2018) - $60.00

Regular Registration (February 1- May 31, 2018) - $100.00

Beginning June 1, 2018 (and onsite registration) - $150.00

Red Gala Ticket Cost

Early Bird Ticket (December 1 - January 31, 2018) - $50.00

Regular Ticket (February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018) - $75.00

June 1 (and onsite) - $100.00


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: February 28, 2018



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 conferences@trdfoundation.com 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 2018 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packet.  If you would like to sponsor, complete this form.  


You can apply to be an exhibitor here


2018 Saving Ourselves Symposium Sponsors