Historically African American transgender women have been the most excluded from the HIV/AIDS conversation, or included through misidentification as gay men. Through advocacy and campaigning, transgender women began to gain the attention of the Obama Administration, sparking government intervention making treatment and programs more inclusive. This is the Special Projects of National Significances response to lack of agencies and programs excluding transgender women from the narrative, specifically incorporating funding from Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) in order to better support Transgender Women of Color.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is going to have a lot of detrimental affects on disenfranchised people with serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, that will be recognized as pre existing conditions. Due to classification of HIV/AIDS that will then make those diagnosed ineligible for coverage by medical insurance providers that programs Medicaid and the ACA cover. Programs like the ACA also make treatments available to impoverished patients, who on their own can not afford treatment. Black transgender women fit this narrative as their intersectionality of race and class make them victim due to lack of accessibility to programs and expensive treatments created to provide those suffering with HIV/AIDS. This article calls out the call to repeal the ACA.
A government website dealing with questions about being HIV and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This website answers questions about medications, testings/screenings and dealing with insurance companies. This is a helpful website because even though it isn't necessarily about just the transgender community, it answers questions that need answers to once an individual receives a positive HIV status report.
The response of the transgender community and their consistent push for government intervention have not gone unheard. This in turn has placed more transgender advocates and allies in the political conversation, resulting in the government responding by implementing more programs, and more White House presence per the Obama Administration as explained by this blog post.