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Julie Davids, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance: HIV PJA Calls For Transgender Justice At Prevention Conference

HIV PJA Calls For Transgender Justice At Prevention Conference
by Julie Davids, August 14, 2011

[Sunday] at 8:30 am, the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) blanketed the morning plenary of the 3500-person 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) in Atlanta, GA with a call to action for transgender justice.

Our two page letter states:

In the United States, the transgender and gender variant population is disproportionately affected by HIV, with prevalence estimates ranging from 15-42%.

Transgender people of color, more than any other community, report HIV infection at substantially higher rates. Institutionalized and racialized transphobia, structural violence, and discrimination contribute to both the severity and the invisibility of the epidemic among transgender and gender non-conforming people.

In order to meet the President’s goals of reducing new HIV infections and reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities as laid out in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, we need:

  • standardized data collection that accurately reflects individuals’ sex and gender
  • prioritization of research informing HIV prevention, treatment and care for transgender people, including institutionalized collaboration between transgender communities and researchers
  • demonstrated inclusion of transgender people in presentations and publications, or justification of the reasons for excluding them
  • training and educational materials about what is known about transgender people and HIV and how to improve surveillance, research and programmatic efforts.

It concludes:

The social drivers of injustice against transgender people, including stigma, discrimination, economic marginalization and mass imprisonment, are the very same drivers of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Thus, transgender justice is an integral part of HIV prevention justice.

The letter invites participants to pledge to actions towards transgender justice whether we are providers, researchers, funders and/or people living with HIV and other activists. All are invited to join the HIV PJA Working Group on LGBTQ Rights and Liberation, which will be caucusing throughout the conference.

For the full letter text, click here or go to http://www.doseofchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/NHPC-transgender-letter-final-draft.pdf

To get up-to-the-minute updates on our NHPC activities, just text the word NHPC to 646-431-7525. Or follow us on twitter at HIVPrevJustice or #HIVPJA

The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) is a coalition of more than 80 organizations and a network of 13,000 individuals working at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, human rights, and struggles for social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Since 2007, our network of thousands of activists, researchers, service providers, and change-makers is mobilizing in the fight for human rights and HIV prevention justice.

www.preventionjustice.org • info@preventionjustice.org • 312-784-9048

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE HIV PJA @ NHPC? 


All events open to public except the official conference stuff (marked with * if limited to conference registrants)

All events are at these two hotels, which are next to each other:

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel
265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303



 

Monday, Aug 15, 2011

10:30 am – 12 pm*: Harvesting our Diverse Strengths: Strategies for Successful Cross-Population Meetings and Processes*
Spring Room, Hyatt Regency

Share, learn and practice innovative methods for participatory democracy that can help us improve our meetings and build our power to make change happen.

12:00 – 1:15: HIV PJA Working Group meetings – How should we move forward to confront the social drivers of HIV? 
open to all, even if you have not joined a working group

    University Room, Hyatt Regency Conference level: Poverty and Economic Justice Working Group

    Marietta Room, Hyatt Regency Conference level: LGBTQ Rights and Liberation Working Group

Roswell Room, Hyatt Regency Conference level: Mass Imprisonment Working Group

8 – 8:45 pm: Rural Issues Affinity Group meeting: 
International North Ballroom – Hyatt Regency

9 pm – 1 am: The Legendary HIV PJA Dance Party, featuring DJ Taurus the Bull!!
International North Ballroom – Hyatt Regency


Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011

7:30 – 8:15: Roundtable: Can PrEP be a force for HIV Prevention Justice?
Room 701A, Marriott

Wake up (early) and smell the controversy… Will this potential new method of HIV prevention provide protection for the marginalized, or marginalize the protected? Will it help us confront health inequity, or amplify it? How does discussion of PrEP reveal how we really feel about sex, love, gender, queers, money, capitalism, health care and more?

12:00 – 1:15: HIV PJA Working Group meetings – How should we move forward to confront the social drivers of HIV? open to all, even if you have not joined a working group

University Room, Hyatt Regency Conference levelPoverty and Economic Justice Working Group: Bringing an Economic Justice Focus to AIDS 2012 Organizing, Mobilization and Conference Events

Marietta Room, Hyatt Regency Conference levelLGBTQ Rights and Liberation Working Group: Developing and Using Gay Resiliency Models

Roswell Room, Hyatt Regency Conference level: Mass Imprisonment Working Group: How Does Drug Policy Affect HIV/AIDS, and How Do We Change It?

1:30 – 3:30*: The HIV PJA will be LiveBlogging from the CDC’s Listening Session on their new model for funding health departments, the largest source of funding for HIV prevention 
(* Regency Ballroom V in the Hyatt, but you can find us blogging at http://www.preventionjustice.org and share your thoughts!)

5:30 –  7:30 pm: HIV PJA Meet and Greet, Open Meeting and Working Group Updates
International North Ballroom – Hyatt Regency

Consider yourself an HIV Prevention Justice activist or waiting to be convinced?

The Steering Committee of the HIV PJA invites you to meet us and each other; share your ideas, passions and questions; and learn how our working groups are moving forward to change the face of HIV prevention and social justice.

We’ll also revisit the topics from our pre-conference for those who were not able to attend.

Questions? Call or text 646-431-7525 or write info@preventionjustice.org.

The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) is a coalition of more than 80 organizations and a network of 13,000 individuals working at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, human rights, and struggles for social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Since 2007, our network of thousands of activists, researchers, service providers, and change-makers is mobilizing in the fight for human rights and HIV prevention justice.

 

www.preventionjustice.org • info@preventionjustice.org • 312-784-9048

 

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