United Black Ellument (U-BE) is an organization dedicated to building Dallas’ young Black gay and bisexual men’s community. We are creating ways for young men to come together, meet, socialize, and support each other. We provide alternative social events and opportunities for gay and bisexual men to promote our diversity, well-being, and strength as individuals and as a community. We create a safe environment to talk and encourage each other about issues that are important to us, including safer sex. Did I mention we have A LOT OF FUN in the process.
The essence of what we do comes from our volunteers and community. We have staff members, who are also a part of the community and encourage you to get involved in whatever what you like.
HOW WE DO IT…
The essence of what we do comes from our volunteers and community. We have four staff members, who are part of your community. We encourage you to get involved in whatever ways you like.
- Become a member of the Core Group (U-BE’s planning and decision-making body). Core Group meets every Tuesday @ 7:00PM
- Come to weekly events and parties
- Help plan events and parties
- Help facilitate groups
- Volunteer at the space
- Plan outreach and publicity activities
WHAT WE OFFER…
The U-BE Space:
At the U-BE Space, located in Deep Ellum, young men come to hang out, access our computer lab (free Wi-Fi), meet other men, socialize, get involved, and check out our library of magazines, newspapers, referral services, gay and bisexual themed books and more.
Free, casual, one-time meetings of 8-10 young men. These groups provide a fun and supportive way to hear how others are dealing with relationships and sex.
We sponsor a wide variety of free special events for young men— movies, game nights, discussions, community-wide hip-hop parties, barbecues and much more! We also welcome YOUR ideas.
Awesome activities to educate and encourage each other about safer sex. We want to have a presence wherever young gay and bisexual men are.
We are located in Deep Ellum at 3116 Commerce, Ste. C, Dallas 75226. Find “United Black Ellument” or “ubedallas” on Google, Facebook and Twitter!
Meet the Team
Born in Tuscaloosa, AL P.J. Moton, MSW is a 2013 graduate of Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, MO where he earned his Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. PJ is also a 2011 graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology. During his undergraduate studies PJ discovered a strong passion for the work conducted by non-profit organizations and from there he dedicated all of his time and efforts to serving underrepresented populations. While volunteerism has always been an important part of his life, he was really able to exercise this passion in throughout his collegiate studies. Through these efforts PJ was afforded the opportunity to combine his philanthropic work with his academic studies which produced his first publication with Meharry Medical College that provided a Culturally Appropriate Prostate Cancer Education Intervention to Low-Income African American Men. This research was published in the February 2013 Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.
It was also in Nashville that PJ became very active in the LGBT community. PJ began volunteering with Nashville’s Mpowerment program Young Brothers United throughout his matriculation at Fisk. While in graduate school PJ continued his work with non-profit organizations in a variety of different areas targeting underserved youth. PJ has designed programs in the areas of College Access, Community Mental Health, Community Mobilization and much more. United Black Ellument is the third Mpowerment program PJ has been involved with and he feels well equipped to take the program to another level.
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