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.
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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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Top 7 most impactful moments from Creating Change 2015

Top 7 most impactful moments from Creating Change 2015

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over 4,000 LGBTQ advocates gathered in Denver for the National Conference for LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change. While there were many amazing moments, here are a few of the most impactful. We live tweeted from the entire experience. Follow my Creating Change journey on our Twitter feed and #CC15. #1 Trans activists take over the opening […]

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Get Yr Rights toolkit: Organizing to challenge discriminatory policing of LGBTQTS youth

Get Yr Rights toolkit: Organizing to challenge discriminatory policing of LGBTQTS youth

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In light of recent national attention on police brutality, two social justice organizations are sharing a free toolkit to help people directly impacted by profiling, policing and criminalization make meaningful policy changes in their own communities. Released by Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and BreakOUT!, the toolkit is compiled from the Get Yr Rights’ network of […]

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National LGBTQ Task Force makes HIV criminalization a priority

National LGBTQ Task Force makes HIV criminalization a priority

| February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Taking a strong stance against HIV criminalization emerged as a top priority last week at the National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, where Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force laid out the organization’s priorities for the coming year. During Carey’s “State of the Movement” plenary she stated the task force […]

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Relight the fire!

Relight the fire!

| February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

HIV/AIDS advocacy is rich in passionate history and tremendous progress over the last three decades, with the LGBTQ movement being a centering force in the narrative. LGBTQ communities offer strength and solidarity for those affected, and launched efforts to put HIV/AIDS at the forefront of the social and political conversation. Still, queer advocacy has changed […]

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