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.
HIV and Human Rights into 2015

HIV and Human Rights into 2015

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today is Human Rights Day. The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance remains committed to continuing intersectional organizing, advocacy and policy work centering on social justice and human rights in the domestic epidemic. In the past year, we’ve seen remarkable progress in the prevention and treatment landscape. Yet, despite these advances we’ve also revealed the gaps, shortfalls […]

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World AIDS Day 2014: Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement – Part 1

World AIDS Day 2014: Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement – Part 1

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement Part 1: An Introduction to Intersectionality “If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.”                                                                                                                           ~ Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw HIV thrives in conditions of structural inequity – where the workings of poverty, patriarchy, and other overlapping systems […]

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HIV PJA Partners With Get Yr Rights Network

HIV PJA Partners With Get Yr Rights Network

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance is excited to announce it has become one of the first national partners of Get Yr Rights: A National LGBTQ Youth Know Your Rights Network. Get Yr Rights aims to build resources to increase the capacity for LGBTQ youth-serving organizations to inform young people of their rights. The network encourages […]

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On NLAAD, Making an Impact Means a Focus on Intersectionality and Stigma

On NLAAD, Making an Impact Means a Focus on Intersectionality and Stigma

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reflecting on National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, we are reminded of the need for renewed focus to address the disparity of HIV among the Latino community. According to the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) in a new infographic released yesterday, while Latino community makes up 16 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 19 […]

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

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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