September 8, 2018

At the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS, activism against Trump’s defunding takes center stage

Written by George M. Johnson, USCA 2018 Social Media Fellow

The United States Conference on AIDS began its annual conference on Thursday in sunny Orlando Florida. The event, which has currently registered over 3000 participants, has brought together some of the best and brightest from all areas of HIV including research, direct services, treatment and prevention.

Prior to the opening plenary session, you could hear loud chants and cheering on of the transgender community, who set up shop where people waited to enter—challenging the crowd to join in the chanting of “Trans Lives Matter.”

The chanting was being led by Ruby Corado—executive director of Casa Ruby in Washington D.C., which offers shelter and services for transgender people. The crowd waiting for the opening plenary began to join in the chorus of chanting, setting up a feel-good environment of empowerment and encouragement.

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