At “Mind the Gap: Next Stop HIV,” the Saturday plenary at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2016 Creating Change conference, TLC Senior Strategist Cecilia Chung joined other advocates and health care providers to discuss strategies and gaps in addressing HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities.
Cecilia, who leads Transgender Law Center’s Positively Trans project, raised how transgender people are erased from conversations and data on people living with HIV:
“We still don’t have a way to collect meaningful data representing the trans community — where’s the outrage? … While we systematically collect data for different groups — men, women, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men — we don’t have a uniform systemic way to collect data for transgender people. Where’s that box for us to check?” Cecilia asked the room. “Without proper data, how are we going to end the epidemic?”
Cecilia ended by declaring that “it is our time to be seen and heard.”
Watch Cecilia’s full presentation above and find more about the full plenary, including speeches by Phill Wilson, Dr. Leo Moore, and Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, in the Windy City Times’ coverage!