Growing up in the 80’s, no one talked about sex, gender, or sexuality.
When the AIDS epidemic hit, we were blasted with a crash course aimed to instill enough fear in us to make us stay abstinent forever.
I didn’t know you could be anything but straight until my best friend kissed me senior year. When I was 18, I remember sitting my parents down (I was home for spring break and mom’s birthday) and boldly announcing my queerness.
It devastates me to know that my LGBTQ+ community suffers health disparities every day. Struggles with addiction and mental health are way more common and the CDC says about a quarter (22-28%) of transgender women are living with HIV, and more than half (about 56%) of black/African American transgender women are living with HIV. In 2015, transgender people received a new HIV diagnosis more than 3 times the national average.
Why? Discrimination & Stigma.
WE CAN END THIS TOGETHER.
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