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.
My Top 3 Gripes on Coverage of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission Case

My Top 3 Gripes on Coverage of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission Case

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Top three things about the recent NY Times story In Rare Case, Woman With H.I.V. Infects Female Sex Partner, C.D.C. Says that make my head pop off (noting also that the coverage is in keeping with the tone/content/non-content of the CDC’s  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on which it was based…): 1) “… the event was exceedingly rare […]

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Queer Politics & the Forgotten Heroes of the AIDS Crisis: The Feminist Wire on Dallas Buyers Club:

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

From one of my favorite blog sites  – the Feminist Wire — comes an important analysis of Dallas Buyers Club. Author Mairead Sullivan notes: While Rayon’s death in the Dallas Buyers Club was not the stereotypical death of a tragic transgender character, it was a tragic death stereotypical of the millions of victims of the AIDS crisis that […]

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HIV PJA Stands with Monica Jones

HIV PJA Stands with Monica Jones

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Best Practices Policy Project, the Desiree Alliance and Global Action for Trans* Equality are calling for US-wide and international action on March 14 to support Monica Jones’ campaign for the rights of transgender people and sex workers. The HIV PJA opposes the systematic marginalization and discriminating policing of trans people and sex workers. It […]

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VICTORY: CDC responds to Open Letter, commits to condom clarity!

VICTORY: CDC responds to Open Letter, commits to condom clarity!

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re not even a month into 2014, and we’re delighted to say that our network has had its first victory of the year. In the last few weeks, many of you endorsed our Open Letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their 2013 MMWR Report on HIV Testing and Risk of […]

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ENDORSE by 2/4: Nat’l Statement/Policy Asks on Gay/MSM & HIV

ENDORSE by 2/4: Nat’l Statement/Policy Asks on Gay/MSM & HIV

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Will 2014 be the year that finally sets our political and community leaders “straight” on the issues of HIV in gay and bisexual men?? Following on the heels of our successful open letter to CDC comes a powerful statement and set of recommendations from the HIV Prevention Advocacy Coalition (HPAC) on gay and bisexual men […]

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