Queer/Transgender Justice

What's the issue?

Throughout history of the HIV epidemic, Q/T people have cared for each other and stood up for resources and policies to save our lives and communities. Q/T people are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS:
  • Gay and bisexual men account for 56% of HIV, making up – by far – the largest group of people with HIV.
  • Young gay and bi men of color represent the biggest share of new HIV cases, with both the rate and total number of new infections continuing to rise.
  • 14-69% of trans people are living with HIV (since trans people were excluded from most data collection and analysis of program funding; we await more precise national estimates).
  • Yet, only 3% of the Federal HIV/AIDS budget is dedicated to prevention, and just 1/3 of that is specifically designated for gay and bisexual men.

Why we fight:

Q/T people – despite gaining some legal rights and greater cultural acceptance -- continue to face high rates of stigma, violence, poverty, imprisonment, gender bias and racism. Despite advances in HIV treatment, these larger political and economic factors contribute to inequalities (like barriers to education, jobs, safe housing or family support) that feed the AIDS epidemic ensnaring many queer and trans people. For example, Q/T youth make up 40% of those in homeless youth services, with 68% reporting that family rejection led to their homelessness. Unstable housing increases HIV risk.

What's our network doing about it?

HIV PJA creates and supports campaigns that harness and increase the resilience of Q/T communities. Our top concerns include the need for resources and policies for family acceptance programs, trauma-informed health care and services for LGBTQ elders.

WATCH: UN to take U.S. Gov’t to task on addressing structural racism

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Did you know that the U.S. is signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination? This means they undergo a review with the UN on what they are doing to eliminate racial discrimination. We submitted a report to the UN on structural racism and the HIV epidemic. You can watch […]

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HIV Advocates Take Demands Global

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Advocacy groups report to UN on U.S. failures to address the HIV epidemic in communities of color “Unfortunately, U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in communities of color have fallen far short of their goals.”  -Suraj Madoori, manager of HIV PJA In a report, which will be presented to and considered by the United Nations in […]

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Webinar Recording: We Are Here – Toward An Advocacy Agenda for Black Gay Men in the South

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

  More Resources: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SLIDES Click here to download the Office of LGBT Health Fact Sheet – Provided by Louis Graham. We Are Here – Toward An Advocacy Agenda for Black Gay Men in the South Thursday, July 31, 2014 If we believe our lives are priceless we can’t be conquered. – […]

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ACT UP New York releases the Atlanta Principles: Challenges CDC to bolster prevention efforts

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

This post has been cross-posted from our allies at ACT UP New York. To see the original posting, please click here.   The Atlanta Principles Researchers from the Emory School of Public Health recently released an estimate: 12% of young black gay men in Atlanta become infected with HIV each year. In the cohort studied, […]

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ACT UP to Tom Frieden: You’re MIA on HIV

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

From our allies at ACT UP New York and Treatment Action Group: Press Contact: Jennifer Avril, ACT UP NY jen@avrilconsulting.com (917) 982-9012 ACT UP to Tom Frieden: You’re MIA on HIV New Infections on the Rise in Key Subpopulations, Despite Options for Prevention JUNE 9, 2014 – ATLANTA, GA – The number of new cases […]

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