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.
Sign-on: Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Michael L. Johnson

Sign-on: Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Michael L. Johnson

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Michael L. Johnson Counter Narrative Project, Positive Women’s Network (PWN-USA) HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, National Center for Lesbian Rights Sign-on to this statement now On Monday July 13, 2015, Michael L. Johnson was sentenced to 30½  years in prison (a concurrent sentence) after being convicted of “recklessly infecting a […]

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We Stand with Michael Johnson: HIV is Not A Crime

We Stand with Michael Johnson: HIV is Not A Crime

| May 15, 2015 | 10 Comments

We Stand with Michael Johnson: HIV is Not A Crime  HIV and Justice Organizations Stand with Michael Johnson and All Black Gay Men, and Condemn Laws Criminalizing HIV-Positive Status May 15, 2015 As organizations committed to human rights, social justice, and dignity for people living with and vulnerable to HIV, we release this statement in […]

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Join the Google Hangout: “We Shall Not Be Removed”

Join the Google Hangout: “We Shall Not Be Removed”

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

This message is sent to you on behalf of our allies at AIDS United: We Shall Not Be Removed: The state of HIV/AIDS among Black gay and bisexual men We Shall Not Be Removed, a four-part Google Hangout series hosted by AIDS United, brings together experts, visionaries and thought leaders from across our LGBT and […]

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Chicago: Meet Charles Stephens, Editor of “Black Gay Genius” – This Friday

Chicago: Meet Charles Stephens, Editor of “Black Gay Genius” – This Friday

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

HIV PJA friend, ally, and Counter Narrative Project founder and director, Charles Stephens, comes to Chicago this Friday, April 3. Join us for a reading and signing event for his new book, “Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call.” Information below! Join Charles Stephens, Editor of Black Gay Genius and Founder/Director of the Counter Narrative […]

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Announcing: LGBT Health Awareness Week – Trust, Transparency, Truth

Announcing: LGBT Health Awareness Week – Trust, Transparency, Truth

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

This announcement has been sent on behalf of our allies at the National Coalition for LGBT Health: LGBT Health Awareness Week theme and activities announced The National Coalition for LGBT Health announces that its 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week will be held March 23-27, 2015. This year’s theme is “Time to Come Together: Trust, […]

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