The Human Rights Campaign has announced a two-year, $3.2 million grant from Gilead Sciences in support of efforts to end the HIV epidemic and advance transgender justice in the United States.
The grant will fund a public awareness campaign by the HRC Foundation aimed at ensuring access to comprehensive HIV prevention and care, with a focus on people of color. Working with Us Helping Us (Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland), Brotherhood Incorporated (New Orleans) TruEvolution (Riverside, California), Arianna's Center (Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico), Community Health PIER (Greenville, Mississippi), and BU Wellness Network (Indianapolis), as well as more than thirty historically Black colleges and universities, the campaign will work to dismantle stigma and discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities and advocate for more inclusive public policies.
The grant also will support HRC's Transgender Justice Initiative, which seeks to address the urgent needs of the transgender community, with a focus on individuals deeply impacted by racism, sexism, and transphobia.
"Too often, institutional racism and anti-LGBTQ+ bias have been barriers to comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment strategies," said HRC president Alphonso David. "This grant will allow the Human Rights Campaign to work directly with community partners, historically black colleges and universities, and youth serving professionals — especially those in Black and Latinx communities in the South and around the country — to increase awareness of HIV treatment and prevention options in order to reduce health disparities, and combat the discrimination and stigma that too often leads to fatal violence against transgender women of color."
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