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Trans women of color with HIV may lose an important lifeline under Trump’s 2018 budget

  • Trans women of color living with HIV face a new challenge under Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.
  • Trump’s proposed budget keeps allotted funding for much of the United States-focused Ryan White Care program, which provides treatment and support services for HIV-positive Americans. 
  • However, it also seeks to eliminate $25 million in funding for a line item called “Special Projects of National Significance.” Part of that line item includes a $3.2 million initiative meant to keep HIV-positive transgender women of color in care.
  • The grant is divided among nine recipients across the United States, including the Community Healthcare Network, based in New York. 
  • According to Freddy Molano, the vice president of infectious diseases and LGBTQ programs, about 300 HIV-positive transgender women of color access care through CHC’s transgender care program. Read more (5/24/17)

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HIV/AIDS EVENTS in United States

feb.07 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 

mar.10 - National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

mar.20 - National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

apr.10 - National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

apr.18 - National Transgender HIV Testing Day

may.19 - National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

jun.05 - HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

jun.27 - National HIV Testing Day

sep.27 - National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

oct.15 - National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

dec.01 - World AIDS Day

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place that is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no air conditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office, and has been unemployed, laid off and sexually harassed and gay bashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth, someone who has eaten hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs, and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss, and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

- Zoe Leonard, I want a Dyke for President 

Haven’t we done this already?

I don’t get why anyone votes republican anymore. I get that these are new faces, but does no one see how the folks in congress and in trump’s cabinet are the same guys we’ve been fighting against since Britain?

The Revolutionary War

Patriots: “Lets fight tyranny and have the rights of the people on this land heard and held by themselves.”

Loyalist: “These violent radicals are going against the government. They’ll ruin our very way of life. We should try to find a more conservative route and not be so loud about our problems. It’s to soon to be talking about these issues right now. Our leaders will handle it in their own time. I hear they’re considering ending slavery.”

Civil War

Abolitionists: “Slavery is Bad. Lets end it.”

Slave Owners: “These simpletons are destroying state’s rights. They’re literally ripping this nation apart. Our economy depends on this. Farm families, which are the lifeblood and backbone that this nation prides itself on, will be forced into bankruptcy, and it will all be because of these insane instigators of our traditions.”

World War 2

Franklin Roosevelt: “Nazi’s are bad, and we need to stop them by any mean before they take over the world.”

Congress: “This is not what the american people want. This is being taken out of proportion, and negative Nancy boys are just not understanding another point of view and rushing to judgment about this man. We don’t need to blow up this situation but should instead be focusing on all those immigrants hurting and killing real Americans.”

Civil Rights

Blacks: “We want equal rights.”

Democrats: “Communists! Drug dealing communists! These people are trying to smash the sacred system of government, and we need to send police forces into their meetings where all those drugs and guns are before they cause anarchy with their terrorist intentions. Also, while we’re here, gays are trying to molest your children and give them aids.”

Right Now

Everyone not Republican/fascist/ alt-right: “Stop trying to destroy the environment, take away women’s/gays/trans people/any race that isn’t white/ any non-christian man’s rights away, remove regulations that keep companies from abusing us medically and financially, and spend our tax money on improving institutions every person in this nation should have so that we can become a strong nation that pushes the world forward to a brighter future from the bottom up instead of a failed trickle down.”

Most Republicans except maybe John McCain: “Shut up. Fake News. PC bad.”

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That’s TODAY y'all, starting in about 10.5 hours. Sorry for not finding out until last night. If you’re anywhere near the Big Easy please show your support. I think the doc being screened, TransEmpowered, features Blossom Brown of I Am Cait fame.


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Remembering Our Dead: AIDS Quilt Panels of Bisexual People who had passed from AIDS. A ceremony of love and remembrance held during the US Bisexual Conference held in June 1990 in San Francisco CA USA.

AIDS had a profound effect on the bisexual movement. Bi men were stigmatized as spreaders of HIV from homosexuals to the “general population.” In the late 1980s, as awareness of AIDS in women increased, bisexual women began be to stigmatized as spreaders of HIV to lesbians.

These developments spurred discussions about the distinction between sexual behavior and sexual identity (for example, many self-identified bisexual women did not have sex with men, while many self-identified lesbians did). Activists and public health officials alike began to emphasize behavior, not identity, as a risk factor for HIV infection. Many men who had been leaders in the bisexual movement became ill or died, and many other bi men and women turned their attention to AIDS-related activism and service work…

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, students and youth became more active in the bisexual movement. College students began to include bisexuals by name in campus gay and lesbian organizations, with over 100 such groups in existence by the end of the decade…

At the same time, a new “queer movement” had begun to take shape. Young activists, many of whom were involved with the AIDS activist group ACT UP, formed Queer Nation in the summer of 1990 … Parts of the new movement emphasize the inclusion of bisexuals, transgender and other sexual minorities under the queer umbrella; other parts are less welcoming to those who are not exclusively homosexual…

In June 1990, BiPOL organized a US National Bisexual Conference in San Francisco, with over 400 attendees. The conference was comprised of over eighty workshops on a broad range of subjects.

~excerpt from pamphlet “A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement” Liz Highleyman with editorial assistance from M Beer, S Berger, D Berry, W Bryant, A Hamilton and R Ochs, originally published by the Bisexual Resource Center late 1990’s last updates in 2001.

To act like bisexual women experienced the AIDS crisis and the resulting stigmas attached with it in an even remotely similar way to gay male communities is so unbelievably disingenuous

POZ supports National Transgender HIV Testing Day because…

  • Trans women around the world are approximately 49-times more likely to be living with HIV compared to all adults of reproductive ages.
  • Trans women of color experience disproportionately high rates of HIV. For instance, HIV prevalence among African American trans women is approximately 56% (compared to 17% prevalence among Caucasian trans women.)
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today, 73% of trans women living with HIV in the United States are unaware of their HIV positive status.

  • Currently, there is very limited information about trans men in particular. To date, research related to HIV among trans people has almost exclusively focused on trans women.
  • The few published studies that report HIV rates among samples of trans men have reported 0 – 3% prevalence (though, those studies were self-reported and of very small subject pools.)
  • There is growing evidence that there is a significant group of trans men who have sex with men (TMSM) and trans men who engage in sex work, and an urgent need to re-evaluate our current data on trans men and HIV.

The thing about trans heroines and especially trans heroines of colour is that a lot of that history isn’t recored and when it is it’s often from secondary sources where a lot of bias turns up especially cis and white bias. An we know that our sisters have had and still have a tendency to die long before their times especially with the AIDS epidemic which disproportionately affected trans people and poc especially when it came to the trials of access to care. So like those people who changed our world and who fought and died giving us LGBT kids a chance are lost to history, with their dead names carved into stone 6 feet above them. That shit kills me.

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The woman who discovered India's first HIV cases - BBC News
Thirty years ago, India discovered the dreaded HIV virus had reached its shores when blood samples from six sex workers tested positive.

At a time where the Indian press wrote “that HIV was a disease of the ‘debauched West” and presumed it would never come to their country, only one woman, Sellappan Nirmala, pushed forward on testing for HIV and AIDS - and in doing, uncovered an epidemic. But 30 years later, almost nobody knows her name.

Asked if she was frustrated by the lack of recognition, she replied:

“I was brought up in a village. There no-one gets excited or depressed about such things. I’m happy I got this opportunity and I’ve done something for the society.”

On opinions vs. political stances.

Since saying what I did about Phyllis Schlafy (rest in Hell), I’ve gotten a lot of “Oh my GAWD just because she had a different OPINION than you….”

Phyllis Schlafy worked tirelessly for the belief that a woman’s place was in the home (in spite of the fact that she had a law degree and a successful and influential political career), that gender roles were essential and immovable, that men should be the leaders of the world, that rape and sexual harassment didn’t happen to “virtuous” women, and that AIDS was a curse from God sent to punish/wipe out homosexuality. She was angry when the Supreme Court over-turned the death sentence for children. NONE OF THESE ARE JUST “OPINIONS.” If Phyllis Schlafy had a different favorite flavor of ice cream than me, she’d have a different opinion than me, and I wouldn’t call her evil for it. She’s evil because she actively worked to oppress women and LGBT individuals and keep them as second-class citizens in the US. So I’m just showing her the same respect and dignity that she offered to working women, single mothers, and AIDS victims.

When a person says that you, as a member of a marginalized group, deserve to die, be raped, be sent to “reparative therapy,” or that you don’t deserve the same rights as others or that you haven’t truly earned the accomplishments that you’ve made in life, that is a POLITICAL STANCE, and when someone has an oppressive POLITICAL STANCE, especially when it directly oppresses you, you don’t owe that person the fucking time of day. They don’t see you as a fully worthy human being, so why the FUCK should you be polite to them? You don’t owe anyone who wishes to oppress you your time, effort, or dignity, and the idea that you somehow have to be polite to someone who thinks you deserve to suffer only serves to uphold the oppressive systems they wish to uphold. It doesn’t make you a bigot or a hypocrite, it’s a fucking survival mechanism.

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The Peace Corps is excited to be a partner of Saving Mothers, Giving Life. We are particularly proud of the contributions Peace Corps Volunteers have made at the community level to promote the importance of essential maternal health services, and we are thrilled to continue our collaboration to aggressively reduce maternal mortality. - Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Saving Mothers’ first Annual Report, Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia, demonstrates rapid progress towards reducing maternal mortality ratios in eight pilot districts.

In Uganda districts, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30%, while in facilities in Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 35%. The Report showcases the activities that have helped contribute to these gains, including:

  • Increasing the number of women delivering in health facilities by 62% and 35% in Uganda and Zambia, respectively
  • Enhancing women’s access to Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, by hiring and training skilled birth attendants;
  • Strengthening transportation and communications networks among communities and facilities, in addition to strengthening the supply chain for life-saving medicines and commodities; and
  • Expanding testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS for women and their newborns.

Download the full report

Women of Welcome to Night Vale

you know what i realized today? i have been thinking about why i love wtnv so much and it hit me. 

in most shows and books a lot of the back ground characters are men, or if they are women there treated stereotypically…in a way. know what i mean?

but in welcome to night vale when a random character gets introduced you have a much greater chance of it being a woman and most of the time they are someone who has…self made worth?

not just someones sister or daughter?

pamala is the mayor

plenty of her aids are women

the news paper editor is a woman

dana isnt introduced as someones sister or daughter and is important

tamika is a girl and no one ever even batted an eye at that

the woman from Italy was a badass goddess

the scary srexcorp lady is…well a lady

fey broke down her programing and will do it again i just know it

old lady jose is awesome

and the list goes on and on.

just having so many women treated like they are important in their own right is amazing to me

I’ve grown up with tv and books that have a nasty tendency to show girls as sisters or daughters or girlfriends instead of themselves first and foremost 

I’ve grown up with an over bearing father and self important brother

to see women worth something and clearly not connected to men’s worth wasn’t something i expected or even really knew i wanted (or that it existed)

i started crying in the middle of an episode as i was relistening to a few of them

it just meant so much to me

something so little and you can hate me for it if you want but it made me feel just a little more like i was worth something

not just for my dad to brag about his daughters grades or my  brother to complain about his sisters “bitching”

i felt like i could be important

me

that i could be someone people respected on my own

so thank you, fey.

thank you, dana.

thank you, woman from Italy.

thank you, night vale.

for the first time in a long time i feel like I AM SOMETHING

not just a collection of relationships to other people

I’m important in my own right and

“…I WANT TO BE FREE.”

-fey, wtnv

some people on this site very genuinely do not understand what systematic oppression is so i’m gonna break it down a little

i’m a lesbian. lesbians are systematically oppressed – we learn at a young age what being gay is and that it’s wrong, we learn from a young age that being a lesbian is undesirable, we see our rights being publicly debated on television, we see women like us being murdered on the news

that’s what systematic means. it means that society – all the way up to the government level – is actively hurting us and working against us. this goes hand in hand with things like mictoagressions (men telling me they love lesbians because they love lesbian porn) and outright homophobic abuse (my mother calling me slurs)

systematic oppression means oppression that is done as a part of a larger system. things like the AIDS crisis, marriage inequality, murder, and homelessness are all examples of the way the system is actively rigged against all LGBT people. and the thing about systematic oppression is that it isn’t misunderstanding – it’s deliberate. reagan deliberately let thousands of men and women die of AIDS because they were gay or transgender.

that all being said – you know what else i am? i’m also a redhead.

redheads are a statistical minority. i don’t see a lot of natural redheads on tv. shows like South Park take cheap potshots at redheads all the time. i was bullied viciously as a young girl for my red hair.

it hurt a lot. i felt pretty alienated by my hair color as a kid and it really impacted my self-esteem in a big way.

the difference between my painful experiences as a lesbian and my painful experiences as a redhead is that one of them is due to systematic oppression and the other is not.

being a redhead is something i can’t help. it really hurt my feelings to be made fun of and be the butt of jokes for years. but…. that’s a speck of dust in my life compared to the sheer trauma i’ve endured as a lesbian.

that’s because oppression against redheads doesn’t exist. it’s not really oppression – it’s not systematic. there aren’t redheads dying in droves while the government condones it. i don’t have to fight for my right to exist as a redhead. just because people don’t have a good opinion of my haircolor and maybe didn’t understand that parroting South Park humor at me was insensitive doesn’t mean that i was being oppressed.

there are facets of our personalities that we can’t help that people are not always going to be nice about. and that’s not fair, and it’s insensitive, and it’s often painful. it can even become as severe as outright abuse.

that being said… systematic oppression has always been and always be an entirely different beast than non-systematic mictoagressions. and having experienced both i can promise you the impact is worlds different.

i know your experiences are difficult and hurt. but never assume for a second you understand systematic oppression or what it is if you haven’t experienced it first hand as a marginalized person. don’t compare things that aren’t systematic oppression to systematic oppression.

it isn’t the same. it can’t be the same. it never will be.