Youth are disproportionately affected by HIV – particularly queer, Black, & brown youth. J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall, the director of HIV & health equity at @HRC, hits the nail on the head. HIV is a full spectrum social issue that can only be addressed with a 360° view.
"It's not enough to give someone a blue magic pill & say, ‘This will prevent you from contracting HIV. We have to have comprehensive healthcare, then address all their needs from mental health...to equal access to educational, employment opps, housing.”
Much is left to be done in ACTIONS –– from ending police brutality, to criminal justice system reform, to ensuring our country's history of racism is taught in schools –– but this is an important start.
Have a meaningful Juneteenth, yall 💛
[Art by @blackartmattersshop]
In a recent poll, 60% of Americans said they knew nothing at all or only a little bit about Juneteenth. Between this long-time-coming win, along w/ all of the conversations we've been having about racial equity the past few years, it feels like the tide of awareness is changing.
Last year on #Juneteenth, we asked the CTAOP community to sign a petition to US lawmakers to mark the day as a federal holiday. That FINALLY came to fruition this week, with Congress officially making June 19th a federal holiday in commemoration of the end of slavery 🎆 https://t.co/G4w9j2vbob
We can end AIDS, but only if we end HIV criminalization first.
That's why we're with @ETAForg in urging world leaders to ACT. The time to modernize HIV-specific laws is long overdue.
Read the letter and sign your name today: https://t.co/gboLzNOR3m
We feel so much momentum this #PrideMonth & are deeply grateful LGBTQIA+ youth in America will feel more protected & supported by our leadership, AND actually see THEMSELVES reflected in higher office. Can't wait to see what further progress we make together. Happy Pride y'all!!!
🏳️⚧️ Restored protections for transgender people seeking emergency shelter & homeless services aligned with their gender identity
🏳️🌈 Appointed the FIRST openly gay cabinet secretary - @PeteButtigieg – and FIRST openly transgender federal official - Dr. Rachel Levine
THANK YOU @POTUS for being a champion of all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. In 2012 as VP, Biden was the highest-ranking Democrat to ever publicly endorse same-sex marriage, pushing then President @BarackObama to do the same.
"What we have failed to recognize in contemporary SA is the determination & courage of today’s youth who are battling many struggles in the form of social ills. Their resilience & their unique insights are an invaluable contribution we often overlook or worse deem as irrelevant."
"The first time I met @Aya_jzl, she stood on a stage in front of a room full of people and said 'I don't want change next year or next month, I want it now, and I plan to wake up tomorrow and make it happen.'" - @CharlizeAfrica#HLM2021AIDS@UNAIDS 💛