About Us

Our Story

Since our founding in 2017, BlaqOut has solidified a place as a disruptive innovator in the field of HIV testing and prevention, telehealth, and PrEP/PEP access. By focusing our efforts on improving healthcare access and wellness outcomes for the most marginalized, BlaqOut has created new pathways to better care for our core membership, Kansas City’s Black, LGBTQ+ community. 

The result of these innovations? BlaqOut is now able to serve everyone in need of our easily accessible, no-cost services, like comprehensive STI screenings and treatment, lab screenings, health insurance navigation, and transportation.

Our Vision

BlaqOut’s vision is a world where all Black people of queer and trans experience live with dignity and are free from racial injustice and health inequity.

Our Mission

BlaqOut’s mission is to create a community where Black people of queer and trans experience are connected and supported, have access to safe spaces, and enjoy sufficient resources to help them thrive. Our mission is summarized in this mantra and emblazoned on our hearts: Our lives. Our health. Our way.

Our History

  • BlaqOut founded on April 11th
  • Health Forward Foundation underwrites first comprehensive Health Needs Assessment (HNA) of Black queer community
2017

  • Blaqout's "Vision 2020 Study" receives Institutional Review Board approval
  • Partnership with UMKC School of Medicine Community Health Research Group
  • Inaugural BlaqOut Empowerment Summit
2018

2019

  • BlaqOut approved for federal 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • BlaqOut’s Virtual Health Studio opens 
  • Launch of BlaqOut’s TelePrEP program
  • Debut of Let’s PrEP!, BlaqOut’s proprietary Medication Therapy Management program
2020

  • Return of the BlaqOut Ball
  • Launch of BlaqOut’s PrEP Access program offering PrEP for All
2021

  • Purchase of 3601 Main Street, marking the establishment of Kansas City’s first permanent safe space for the Black LGBTQ+ community and its allies
  • Members seen in BlaqOut office for the first time
2022

  • The best is yet to come!
2023