Thursday, June 5, 2008

Does Gender Engender HIV? Forum Next Wednesday!

Does Gender Engender HIV? Vulnerability and Resilience Across the Gender Spectrum

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 PM

LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (Between 7th & 8th Avenues) NYC

Free ~ Open to the public ~ Refreshments provided

Around the world, the social, economic and political aspects of gender are entwined with the HIV epidemic. Sexism, transphobia and the gender panic at the heart of homophobia are root causes of social injustice and marginalization that fuel the epidemic. But how do gender and gender expression create, increase or reduce vulnerability to HIV?

Do those living within binary gender structures, transgender and non-gender-conforming people and/or gay men of all gender histories have common cause in the epidemic – or are there distinct aspects to our struggles that hamper collaboration?
What do research, policy recommendations, and our life experiences tell us about where we should be directing prevention efforts?

Speakers include:
Vanessa Brocato – GMHC
Nathan Levitt – Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Kim Watson – Community Healthcare Network
Moderator: Hadiyah Charles – HIV Law Project

Co-sponsored by: Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), FIERCE!, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Harlem United, HIV Law Project, New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), The LGBT Community Center, Queers for Economic Justice

To co-sponsor the forum or for more information, please contact James Learned at or call (212) 937-7955 x 60.

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