Elton John AIDS Foundation to Fund Transgender HIV Project

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trans_law_center_mdFunding will support a community-led strategy to address inequities in HIV prevention and access to care.

OAKLAND, Cal.Transgender Law Center is excited to announce a new partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the development of a constituent-driven strategy to reduce structural inequities that drive high rates of HIV incidents in transgender communities.

The funding is for one year and will enable Transgender Law Center to form a diverse national advisory board of eight to ten trans people living with HIV, with strong focus on trans women of color. The advisory board will assist in a systems gap assessment, identify best and promising practices in community response to HIV, and issue recommendations. [pullquote]“With the support of the advisory board, Transgender Law Center will engage the community meaningfully in the examination of how systemic barriers and social conditions  (such as discrimination, transphobia, criminalization and violence) drive the HIV epidemic and negatively impact health outcomes.”—Cecilia Chung, Senior Strategist of Transgender Law Center[/pullquote]

Cecilia Chung, Senior Strategist of Transgender Law Center, will be leading this effort to change the course of the HIV epidemic in trans communities and improve health outcomes for those who have been diagnosed. It is important to develop policy recommendations as well as legal and legislative strategies guided by communities most impacted – trans people living with HIV.

“With the support of the advisory board, Transgender Law Center will engage the community meaningfully in the examination of how systemic barriers and social conditions  (such as discrimination, transphobia, criminalization and violence) drive the HIV epidemic and negatively impact health outcomes.” says Cecilia. “This will also give us an opportunity to support and strengthen the leadership of some of the most vulnerable members in the transgender community.”

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives.  Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

Transgender Law Center (TLC) works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

[From a News Release]

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