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Transgender Leadership Initiative
The Transgender Leadership Initiative, supported by Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, builds grassroots leadership within transgender communities across the United States. The transgender community faces unique challenges in HIV care, compounded by racial and ethnic health disparities and a lack of culturally competent providers. Transgender leadership is essential to address the dire HIV epidemic in transgender communities, improve transgender health outcomes, and solidify transgender power in our society.

Using principles of Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) as a guide, transgender individuals are involved in decision-making at all levels of this project. The Transgender Leadership Initiative will increase transgender leadership within organizations, community planning bodies, and networks. Specifically, the Transgender Leadership Initiative will:
  • Develop leaders in the transgender community to improve HIV service delivery for their peers;
  • Increase transgender leadership presence in HIV policy arenas; and
  • Create a cohort of connected transgender leaders who support each other and network to improve their communities’ HIV outcomes.


New Resource! Stepping Up: A Consensus Statement by Trans Leaders

This consensus document is intended to assist clinical providers, funders, and social service providers in strengthening their understanding of how to provide the best HIV clinical care environment, social services, and funding support possible for transgender communities.

This document is separated into three categories of recommendations for best practices: trans-informed funding, trans-informed health care, and trans-informed social services. These recommendations provide specific, measurable steps organizations can take to improve their approach to HIV work in trans communities. Download the resource here.



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