The MOCHA Center - Buffalo

The MOCHA Center - Buffalo Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ (Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Communities of Color in Western New York. In 1996, the Men of Color Health Awareness Project emerged as an organization that specifically addressed HIV/AIDS health concerns that were affecting Black gay men.
(15)

We have grown into the MOCHA Center that now provides prevention programs, support services for people Living with HIV/AIDS, advocacy, capacity building, and much more. Our reach has also expanded to people of color, youth, women, and transgender communities. All of our services are conducted in a culturally sensitive manner that is both confidential and non-judgmental. We emphasize wellness, individual responsibility, increased awareness and self-efficacy.

Operating as usual

Indiana Historical Bureau
04/09/2021

Indiana Historical Bureau

On April 8, 1990, Kokomo-native Ryan White died of complications of AIDS at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis; he was 18 years old. He passed away surrounded by his mother, grandparents, and singer Elton John. An obituary published by the New York Times noted that White "put the face of a child on AIDS and served as a leader for gaining greater understanding and compassion for those with the deadly disease." First Lady Barbara Bush, Jesse Jackson, and Elton John attended his funeral at Second Presbyterian and a choir from Hamilton Heights sang "That’s What Friends Are For." Governor Evan Bayh ordered Statehouse flags to be flown at half-mast in his honor.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is currently administering the Ryan White Letter Transcription Project in an attempt to transcribe the over 6,000 letters received by Ryan and his family. If you would like to get involved learn more here: https://ryansletters.childrensmuseum.org/

Read more about Ryan White from PBS: https://to.pbs.org/2HbXou1.

Rihanna has been serving and y'all should be scared
04/02/2021

Rihanna has been serving and y'all should be scared

03/27/2021
HIV.gov

HIV.gov

Damian wants to share that with PrEP, “we can protect our bodies, we can protect our partners, and we can finally come to end the HIV epidemic.”

Watch his video to learn more about his experience with PrEP.

The newest characters, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, are designed to help all families celebrate their own ident...
03/26/2021
Two Black Muppets join 'Sesame Street' to discuss race, racisms

The newest characters, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, are designed to help all families celebrate their own identities

The newest characters, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, are designed to help all families celebrate their own identities.

Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levi...
03/25/2021
A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post

Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation's assistant secretary of health. She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation.

The final vote was 52-48, mostly along party lines. Rachel Levine had been serving as Pennsylvania's top health official since 2017.

03/23/2021
HIV.gov

HIV.gov

Jon Jon wants others to know that because of PrEP, “gay men don’t have to be statistics.” Watch his video to learn more about his PrEP story.

Learn more about the Ready, Set, PrEP program and see if you qualify for free PrEP, which is a daily HIV prevention medication. http://ms.spr.ly/6183pxYBb #NBHAAD.

HERSTORY IN THE MAKING: Leyna Bloom is gracing Sport Illustrated, she's the first Black & Asian transgender swimsuit mod...
03/22/2021
Meet Leyna Bloom the Latest Rookie of SI Swim 2021

HERSTORY IN THE MAKING: Leyna Bloom is gracing Sport Illustrated, she's the first Black & Asian transgender swimsuit model to be featured in the magazine.

Learn why Leyna is single-handedly changing the world of modeling

The MOCHA Center: Buffalo mourns the loss of a community stalwart—Jasan M. Ward. Jasan was a prolific artist and communi...
03/22/2021

The MOCHA Center: Buffalo mourns the loss of a community stalwart—Jasan M. Ward.

Jasan was a prolific artist and community servant who’s life and legacy will reverberate through time. We thank you. We honor you.

This weekend we lost a jewel within our community. Jasan was a ray of light for many, his visibility was a positive beacon for many of us. He always encouraged every person to listen to their inner voice and to show up as their authentic self. A powerful advocate for the most marginalized people within the community, Jasan always taught us that the truth is nothing to be scared of and that it will set you free. And even though he is no longer with us, his presence will live on and we all are more fearless because of him. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything you’ve done for The MOCHA Center and the Community. May the Ancestors hold you tight. ✊🏾🕊

03/18/2021

There are no words to describe the profound sadness we feel amidst racism yet again terrorizing people of color in America, and around the world every day. What happened in Atlanta was a hate crime, an act of terrorism, and must be treated as such. Make no mistake, the roughly 150% rise in violence towards Asian-Americans over the past year is directly correlated to the racist, scapegoating that was spearheaded to the public daily after the COVID-19 pandemic began. The MOCHA Center continues to do our part by educating people on the issues facing communities of color and offering a safe space by the community for the community.

#StopAsianHate

Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV said it hopes the appointment of Tashnuva Anan Shishir, and her prominent role on screen, will ...
03/11/2021
Bangladesh’s first transgender news anchor makes TV debut

Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV said it hopes the appointment of Tashnuva Anan Shishir, and her prominent role on screen, will help change society’s attitudes.

Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV said it hopes the appointment of Tashnuva Anan Shishir, and her prominent role on screen, will help change society’s attitudes.

"Data has shown low income communities of color have been hit hardest by coronavirus, so why largely white neighborhoods...
03/01/2021
These Cities Are Seeing Surges In Vaccinations — But Only In The Wealthiest Neighborhoods

"Data has shown low income communities of color have been hit hardest by coronavirus, so why largely white neighborhoods have been able to flood vaccination appointment systems — or get around them entirely —taking up a considerably outsized share of already limited resources?"

In Florida, board members of a West Palm Beach nursing home showed up to get COVID-19 shots meant for their residents. A SoulCycle instructor in New York publicized getting the vaccine on social media claiming she was an "educator." Had she not, she would not have been qualified to receive the vacci...

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it has approved funds to provide internet subsidies for low-incom...
02/27/2021
FCC to provide $50 per month internet subsidies for low-income families

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it has approved funds to provide internet subsidies for low-income families through the establishment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

The program is open to households on Medicaid, Snap benefits, reduced-cost or free school lunches, and Pell grants.

A renewed interest in Black American Sign Language has come up thanks to the popular app TikTok. A 22-year-old deaf woma...
02/25/2021
Black American Sign Language gains new interest thanks to TikTok app

A renewed interest in Black American Sign Language has come up thanks to the popular app TikTok. A 22-year-old deaf woman named Nakia Smith went viral last year for a video she made on the app showcasing the different signs used by her elder relatives.

Dr. Joseph Hill from the Rochester Institute of Technology is using the renewed interest to help preserve the language.

LGBTQ people of color were also nearly three times more likely than non-LGBTQ whites to report being recently laid off, ...
02/19/2021
Nonwhite LGBTQs twice as likely to test Covid-positive than straight whites: study

LGBTQ people of color were also nearly three times more likely than non-LGBTQ whites to report being recently laid off, according to the UCLA's Williams Institute.

LGBTQ people of color were also nearly three times more likely than non-LGBTQ whites to report being recently laid off, according to the UCLA's Williams Institute.

Gonorrhea infections increased by 77% from 2019 to 2020, with 87% of people infected being under 40 years old! STIs can ...
02/17/2021
Services

Gonorrhea infections increased by 77% from 2019 to 2020, with 87% of people infected being under 40 years old! STIs can increase your chances of an HIV infection. It is important to know your HIV and STI status and get treatment, as needed.

Take control over your health and come down to MOCHA Center Buffalo for HIV and STI testing. Book your appointment at: https://www.trilliumhealth.org/services/the-mocha-center/services

We offer free, confidential, safer sex support—not judgment. We’re here so you can live the life you want and be as healthy as possible.

'We wanted people to see we exist': the photographer who recorded lesbian life in the 70s
02/17/2021
'We wanted people to see we exist': the photographer who recorded lesbian life in the 70s

'We wanted people to see we exist': the photographer who recorded lesbian life in the 70s

She toured America photographing women like herself, at time when being out could cost you your job, home and family. As Eye to Eye, a book of her groundbreaking work is republished, Joan E Biren, known as JEB, recalls why the images were so vitally important

02/15/2021
LGBTQ rights advocate Sarah McBride

When Sarah McBride was sworn in as a Delaware State Senator last month, she made history, becoming the country's highest-ranking elected official who is transgender.

The newly-inaugurated Delaware State Senator talks about her road to becoming America's highest-ranking transgender elected official.

Cuomo announces new actions to expand fertility services for same-sex couples
02/11/2021
Cuomo announces new actions to expand fertility services for same-sex couples

Cuomo announces new actions to expand fertility services for same-sex couples

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday new actions to ensure that same-sex couples living in New York will have expanded access to fertility services. While current insurance law requires insurers to cover infertility services, same-sex couples sometimes pay between six and 12 months of out-of-pocket....

CBS This Morning
02/04/2021

CBS This Morning

EXCLUSIVE: We're revealing the cover of TIME's new special issue, "The Black Renaissance," featuring Amanda Gorman. Created in collaboration with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, the issue includes a conversation between Gorman and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I’m so honored to be on the TIME cover on the 'The Black Renaissance.' It’s truly humbling, because I don’t see myself as a singular anomaly, but as a part of a larger creative movement that puts Black life at the center of our art." — Amanda Gorman told CBS This Morning.

Take a look at 5 original poems Gorman commissioned for CBS This Morning: cbsn.ws/3jhtsQn

Better days are here, and even greater days are coming. A huge win for the Trans/GNC community!
02/03/2021
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Repealing the 'Walking While Trans' Ban

Better days are here, and even greater days are coming. A huge win for the Trans/GNC community!

Governor Cuomo signed legislation (S.2253/A.654) repealing portions of a law - known as the 'Walking While Trans' ban - that led to arbitrary and discriminatory policing of transgender women.

Without Black people, there wouldn't be house music. Here's the tea:
02/03/2021

Without Black people, there wouldn't be house music. Here's the tea:

02/02/2021

The MOCHA Center was founded to empower and educate people of color, we more than anyone understand the value and impact of Black people.

The purpose of Black History Month is to honor the legacies, accomplishments, challenges and culture Black people. While there is much to celebrate, there is still much work to be done in the fight against discrimination, systemic racism, and the fight for equality. While acknowledging Black History Month is important, it is of greater importance for non-Black people to educate themselves on the struggles Black people have faced as a result of racial discrimination. Racial discrimination can still be seen in far too many places, in the workforce, politics, arts, entertainment, etc. It starts with unlearning and then committing to dismantling systems of oppression.

Black lives matter, Black dreams matter, Black joy matters, and Black history matters. Happy Black History Month! ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

If there's anything we've learned over the past year, it's that there is no time to pause. The countless deaths of innoc...
01/18/2021

If there's anything we've learned over the past year, it's that there is no time to pause. The countless deaths of innocent Black and Brown people across the country are a call to action. Performative actions are not enough. Words are not enough. It is not enough to just not be racist, we must strive to be anti-racist. Being anti-racist centers around actively working towards dismantling systems of oppression, and unlearning all forms of internalized and externalized forms of racism.

When Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, he described the words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as a “promissory note” – guaranteeing all Americans the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Yet nearly six decades following Dr. King’s March on Washington, those basic rights continue to come under attack. Nothing made that clearer than the horrifying images earlier this month of an insurrectionist carrying a Confederate flag through the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

The MOCHA Center continues to provide a safe space for Black and Brown people, and we are committed to doing our part to achieve justice for all.

#MartinLutherKingJrDay #MLK

Afro-Latina actor Gina Torres is honoring the work of first responders in her new role as paramedic captain Tommy Vega i...
01/15/2021
Afro-Latina actor Gina Torres honors work of first responders in '9-1-1 Lone Star'

Afro-Latina actor Gina Torres is honoring the work of first responders in her new role as paramedic captain Tommy Vega in the season premiere of "9-1-1 Lone Star," which airs Monday.

She plays a paramedic captain who just started working again after her husband's restaurant went under because of the Covid-19 pandemic. She hopes her role gives emergency workers "the respect and the attention that they deserve for everything that they're doing day to day to day."

The acclaimed Afro-Latina actor hopes her role gives first responders "the respect and the attention that they deserve for everything that they're doing day to day to day."

The MOCHA Center - Buffalo
01/15/2021

The MOCHA Center - Buffalo

We have an important announcement: we’re excited to announce that MOCHA Buffalo will be joining Evergreen Health, where ...
01/15/2021

We have an important announcement: we’re excited to announce that MOCHA Buffalo will be joining Evergreen Health, where we’ll be able to continue our legacy of serving Queer and Trans folks of color throughout the Western New York Region, in furtherance of the values we were founded upon. We believe that the best way to continue to serve the community is to more closely align our outreach and engagement work with a local community health center. We’ve been working closely with the team at Evergreen, and with support from the community, we will ensure a smooth transition, effective in May of 2021. To view our full statement, please visit https://mochacenter.org/

Address

1092 Main St
Buffalo, NY
14209

General information

Hours of Operation are Monday- Thursday 12pm-8pm Friday 9am-5pm.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(716) 852-1142

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The MOCHA Center - Buffalo posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to The MOCHA Center - Buffalo:

Videos

Category

Nearby government services


Comments

Seniors .... over 50 , 60 , 70 + we are Rainbow Seniors Visible and Proud come join us at some of out events :)
good morning ... Id like to invite members here to come join our Silver pride group .. it is a group for our community LGBTQ seniors , most are 50 , 60 , 70 and up .... We are also trying to reach those seniors whom do not have ways of being on line and to know about our ever growing senior LGBTQ events and help. Come join us please. we have on going monthly events for lochs , coffee tea times and more. This coming Saturday April 14th ... at wegmens on amherst st near elmwood 10 am ... in back of cafe along the windows is our section. some of us get there earlier to put tables together and get it the area ready. Pride center offers us FREE donuts, muffins , and fresh fruit all you need is something to drink. :) It is ALWAYS the 2nd saturday of each month.
Free HIV Testing, Free Condoms, Free L**e Free consultations for PEP and PrEP ------->>>>Friday, March 30, 3-5pm
To all my WNY LGBTQ friends and friends of friends... you are cordially invited to come to a picnic 1 p.m. This Sunday, Aug. 27 at Chestnut Ridge Park's Commissioner's Cabin hosted by the Buffalo Bears. All you need to do is bring a dish to pass and your own beverages. No glass containers please. Follow the Bear paw signs for a fun afternoon once inside the park! I will be providing the music. Bring a friend and invite any other LBGTQ people you know.
I love everything you all do. 👌🏾✨