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This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Meet Leaders Working to Stop HIV Together

On National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we reflect on the impact that the HIV epidemic has had on these communities across the nation. As we continue to work to strengthen the health and human rights of everyone impacted by HIV, we must center those most impacted in our communities. 

AIDS United
 — in partnership with the Transgender Strategy Center and Valerie Spencer of the Holistic Empowerment Institute — hopes to embody this priority through the 2019-2020 Leadership Development Program Fund for Resilience, Equity and Engagement and the Transgender Leadership InitiativeThe program seeks to provide opportunities for trans women of color to develop their professional skills and build personal and professional capacities as leaders to push forward the movement to stop HIV. 

AIDS United reached out to
 the participating leaders of the inaugural cohort of trans women of color working in HIV. 

This is what they had to say.

“My call to action will be putting together a panel discussion for Women and Girls HIV 
Awareness Day for this organization called the Truth project.” 
– Diamond Collier, Houston, Texas, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, executive director 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

"I would also seek to represent Black transgender women on boards, coalitions and other organizations in order to hold them accountable for involving Black transgender women in their work, not just as frontline workers, but in leadership roles.” 
– Jasmine McKenzie, Miami, Florida, Pridelines, case manager  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

“I dare you to research, engage and support true trans
-led organizations!” 
– Jasmine Tasaki, Memphis, Tennessee, We Care Tennessee, executive director 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

Invest in trans women of color with leadership trainings to help build and strengthen them as leaders
– Maddalynn SeseseparaHonolulu, Hawaii, Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center, program coordinator  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

Elevating the fact that everyone does not fit in a gender binary. I live outside of societal norms with respect to all genders.” 
– Queen Hatcher-Johnson, Atlanta, Georgia, Positive Impact Health Centers, prevention specialist  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

tested. Get in care or on 
PrEP. Stay in care or on PrEP. Stay Healthy, and if you are in the Central Florida area … What’s T? What’s T? Come to the Stafford House at 711 Seminole Avenue Orlando, Florida, and get info and/or tested by me!”   
– Mulan Williams, Orlando, Florida, Miracle of Love Inc., community outreach coordinator  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

“Believe and invest in trans women of color to lead
 with national awareness and response to HIV!” 
– Sophia Kass, San Francisco, California, Transgender Law Center, program coordinator  
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  

“It is important that we as trans
 and cis women unite under similarities and the experiences that connect us, and that we use those experiences and similarities to form a sisterhood that connect both trans and cis to womanhood to combat the issues that affects us as women daily.”  
– Toi Washington, Birmingham, Alabama, T.A.K.E. Resource Center, director of programs 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

As we mark National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, it’s important to remember that it will take all of us to end HIV. How will you join the fight 
stop HIV together

Posted By: Carsen Beckwith - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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