20th International AIDS Conference - Melbourne, Australia


MOSA04 The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response
  Non-Commercial Satellite
Venue: Room 101-102
Time: 21.07.2014, 07:00 - 08:30
Co-Chairs: Jack Byrne, New Zealand
Justus Henrik Eisfeld, United States
Javid Syed, United States
Kent Klindera, United States

Organizer: American Jewish World Service (AJWS); amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research; Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE)
The goal of the session is to generate a dialogue about the following issues: a) the impact of HIV on trans* communities and why HIV response needs to be driven by a human rights-based approach b) local activism by trans* groups focused on human rights issues and the impact of HIV on their work and c) key findings from The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing funding report and important recommendations for how HIV-focused organizations and LGBTIQ organizers can increase support for trans* and intersex activists and organizing efforts. Speakers include: Joe Wong, Asia Pacific Trans Network (APTN); LeighAnn van der Merwe, Social Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E.); Nicha Chaiyapreuk, Thai Transgender Alliance (Thai-TGA); Justus Eisfeld, Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE). The panel will be moderated by activist Jack Byrne.
07:00

Powerpoint
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response
J. Eisfeld, United States
J. Wong, Thailand
L. van der Merwe, South Africa
N. Rongram, Thailand

Powerpoints presentations
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -
The Impact of HIV Funding on Trans* Communities: Keeping Human Rights Central to the HIV Response -



Rapporteur report

Community report by Che Gossett


Presenters:
  • Justus Eisfeld, United States
  • Joe Wong, Thailand

  • Jack Byrne, New Zealand
  • LeighAnn van der Merwe, South Africa 
  • Nicha Rongram, Thailand
In this session panelists discussed challenges facing trans communities in a variety of countries and contexts. From the presentations it was clear that research, programs and services addressing the specific needs and issues of trans communities are grossly underfunded.
  • Key topics covered included:issues facing trans women in rural South African, organizing by trans women around AIDS and feminist issues/visibility, 
  • Nicha Rongram discussed trans justice as a human rights issue, highlighting the importance of including trans people/politics in education curricula. 
  • Joe Wong discussed the general lack of funding for trans AIDS services
  • Justus Eiseld reviewed the scope of funding for trans HIV prevention and AIDS services, which he noted was marginal given the burden of HIV faced by trans communities.  

During the Q &A audience members discussed funding access issues/barriers and expressed concerns that they had to compete with MSM groups for resources. The invisibilization (erasure) of trans women in surveillance was explored: often trans women are categorized as MSM in research, which makes it difficult to find appropriate data and makes it impossible to determine their unique experiences and contexts. 



   

    The organizers reserve the right to amend the programme.