2016 Program: HIV
The ICK Factor: How 2 Ims and 2 Phobias Keep HIV Rates Rising will examine how racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia play a significant part in keeping the HIV rates high in LGBT communities of color. We will examine the structural, community, governmental, cultural and organizational barriers that influence the way LGBT people of color - especially trans women of color - access services and view current prevention methodologies and treatment options. We will juxtapose, compare and contrast the HIV rates and services of New Orleans and Detroit. We will explore the HIV criminalization statues of each city and how they relate to disclosure, relationship and sexual politics. Finally, we will look at ways to combat and break those barriers and develop actionable steps toward that goal.