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 the webinar – Policing HIV, gender and sexuality: Recent data on criminal enforcement and conditions of confinement

Watch the webinar – Policing HIV, gender and sexuality: Recent data on criminal enforcement and conditions of confinement

| June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Missed yesterday’s webinar? Watch the webinar! Policing HIV, gender and sexuality: Recent data on criminal enforcement and conditions of confinement Download the slides! Yesterday, the LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group and HIV PJA collaborated on a webinar discussing how the policing of gender and sexuality pervades law enforcement, the operation of courts and the penal […]

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There should be blood – The MSM blood donor ban

There should be blood – The MSM blood donor ban

| March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Ernesto Flores Policy and Advocacy Fellow The first case of HIV transmission through the blood supply was reported in 1982. Fueled by emerging epidemiological data, negative stigmas surrounding homosexual populations were strengthened in fear of further contamination of the blood supply. In response to the public health threat, the FDA prohibited blood donations by […]

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day statement

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day statement

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

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HIV PJA at Creating Change 2016

HIV PJA at Creating Change 2016

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

HIV PJA will be at Creating Change Conference happening in Chicago on Jan. 20 – 24! Creating Change is the largest gathering focused on LGBTQ social justice issues in the country. This year’s conferences brings together amazing activists and advocates from across the nation, many of them part of the HIV PJA network. Here’s a […]

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Sex Worker Solidarity in 2016

Sex Worker Solidarity in 2016

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers signals the substantial work needed to curb violence against sex workers, and the need to uplift those who face daily discrimination because of their race, gender and/or involvement in sex work. Today reminds us there is still a necessity for HIV activists to work together on movement […]

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