Dennis L. Carney
In May 2001 Dennis L Carney
was appointed to the post of Black Gay Men's Groupworker to develop groupwork initiatives aimed at London's diverse Black Gay communities, and to network with other agencies to promote this ground-breaking and necessary work at PACE
moved from Manchester to London to pursue a career within the Civil Service in the early eighties.
Soon afterwards, he
attended a public meeting organised by the Black Lesbian & Gay Centre
(BLGC), entitled Homosexuality in the Black Community.
One month later, he
was voted onto the Management Committee of BLGC
This was the beginning of Dennis' activism around Black gay
& lesbian concerns.
He was elected Chair of BLGC and became one of the early members of the board of Blackliners.
He has also worked on the Management Committees of Black, HIV & AIDS Network (BHAN), and Big Up Limited.
He co-founded the group Black Gay Men United Against AIDS (BGMUAA) and continues to develop sexual health interventions aimed at Black gay men.
Dennis was a founding member of Let's Rap, a discussion group for Black gay men, and one of the first of its kind in the UK.
has also attended several national Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum
(BLGLF) conferences in America, and was invited to speak at last year's annual conference held in New York by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD).
After five years, Dennis recently resigned as Chair of Stonewall Housing Association and is now an active volunteer with Big Up @ GMFA.
recently facilitated a number of successful Basement Sessions (workshops) which aimed to empower Black gay men from diverse communities.
He currently works at PACE where he develops groupwork initiatives aimed at Black gay men.
He is also a freelance trainer with a number of organisations concerned with challenging discrimination and working with diversity.