MARCH 2007 • Issue 3
Support the human rights of trans and gender non-conforming people around the world and in your community. We can do this by advocating for anti-discrimination laws, demanding research into drug interactions between HIV meds and hormones, responding to action alerts, and in many more ways.
If you want to be an Internet activist, get the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (www.iglhrc.org) latest updates from activists worldwide (http://www.iglhrc.org/site/spanish/en espanol). IGLHRC keeps in touch with gender non-conforming and trans activist organizations in 25 countries, mostly in Latin America but also in South Africa and several Asian countries, as well as Europe and North America. Sign up for their email list in English and Spanish to act on urgent human rights alerts.
If you are a gender non-conforming person of color living in New York City, join the weekly meetings of TransJustice (http://alp.org/tj), an activist group that organizes protests and an annual job and education fair.
If you work at an AIDS service organization:
1. The YES Center (http://www.yescenter.org/TransgenderResources.aspx) at George Washington University offers online training in transgender competency for HIV service providers.
2. The Transitions Project (http://www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/Transitions/) at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies offers consultation, training, capacity-building and technical assistance throughout the U.S. to improve HIV prevention services for trans communities of color and HIV positive trans people.
3. In addition to providing services designed by and for gender non-conforming people, TIP’s Rick Feely recommends these changes to truly welcome trans people into your space: “Change your forms to start counting trans people as trans, hopefully with MTF and FTM options. Make no assumptions about people’s trans status or their genitals. Anyone you are talking to could be trans. Listen [to people], take people seriously, and make sure you use the correct name and pronouns.”