September 8, 2017
This article originally appeared on Transgender Law Center.
In a milestone for transgender people of color representation in US HIV/AIDS advocacy work, Transgender Law Center’s Positively Trans program is at this year’s United States Conference on AIDS (AIDS), September 7th to 10th in D.C. Through workshops and two tables at the exhibition hall, Positively Trans, a program run by and for transgender people living with HIV, will showcase the work of over a dozen trans advocates from across the country.
“We are literally fighting for our survival,” said Cecilia Chung, Senior Director of Strategic Projects at Transgender Law Center and the lead for Positively Trans. “When Positively Trans surveyed transgender people living with HIV across the country, we found intense discrimination in every area of life from health care to employment to housing and public accommodations. Over 70% of our respondents rely on government plans for health care and treatment – plans that are currently under attack. Transgender people must lead our own advocacy, and we must be visible and powerful in national HIV advocacy spaces like USCA.”