Winds of Change

New Tools for Addressing Violence and HIV—Linked Public Health Challenges—in KP Programs

Members of key populations experience disproportionate burdens of both HIV and violence. These epidemics are linked—violence increases HIV vulnerability and poses a barrier to HIV testing, disclosure and adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

China: Being transgender in China: activist on her struggles, and surgeon on his patients’ biggest challenge

Chao Xiaomi says there is still a serious lack of LGBT education in China, and wants to reach out to its smallest and most traditional communities. A gender reassignment surgeon says the medical community also lacks understanding, and criteria for surgery can be tough for patients to meet.

South Africa: Ancestors Guide LGBT+ SA Healers to Mend Mental Scars

Widely respected by South Africans as spiritual guides, healers and counsellors, gay sangomas like 23-year-old Maci are also challenging the idea that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT+) is unAfrican.

South Africa: Strategic Pathways to Inclusion and Rights for LGBTI People in Sub-Saharan Africa

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The agenda includes a “pledge that no one will be left behind” and commitments to prioritize the poorest and most marginalized.