About SOS

Saving Ourselves Symposium (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 LGBT 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 LGBT community.

Download 2017 Saving Ourselves Symposium Conference Booklet

Schedule At A Glance

Please find the 2017 Saving Ourselves Symposium schedule at a glance here.  Agenda is subject to change.

Pre- Conference

The 2017 conference features several empowering workshops and sessions, and will kick-off on Thursday, June 8 with an engaging pre-conference institute on HIV criminalization presented by Sero Project, a network of people living with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. In light of the highly publicized Michael Johnson case, the institute seeks to arm participants with information to fight animus against those living with HIV and AIDS. No one should be put in prison for having a health condition.  You can find Press Release announcing the Pre-Conference and partnership here



Our Venue

Saving Ourselves Symposium 2017 (SOS) will be held Hilton Jackson which is the official conference hotel. Please click here for reservations.  

Hilton Jackson Mississippi

1001 County Line Rd

Jackson, Mississippi 39211

(601) 957-2800

Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-263-0524 and requesting the group code RDF617” or online.  The hotel cut-off date to receive the conference rate is May 1, 2017 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: $107.00

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


The 2017 Saving Ourselves Symposium is slated  for June 8-11, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi.  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 LGBT community

  • Provide updated and time-sensitive information regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the Black LGBT 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 LGBT individuals living with HIV in the South

Registration Fees

$35.00 until May 31, 2017

$50.00  On-Site fee


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.


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 Jackson city boundaries in order to be eligible for a travel scholarship.

Scholarship application can be completed online.  Deadline: February 28, 2017


The planning committee for the 2017 Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) welcomes the submission of abstracts.  Abstracts can be submitted here.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Sponsorship/ Exhibitors

Please download the 2017 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packet Here.


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