|The Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia Project|
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth of color are at disproportionate risk for negative sexual health outcomes. African American/black and Latino/Hispanic young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are more likely than other YMSM to be infected with HIV. Many young lesbians of color are at heightened risk for HIV infection and pregnancy due, in part, to the strong values placed on childbearing in their racial/ethnic communities. Unfortunately, GLBTQ youth may face stigma related to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. This stigma places GLBTQ youth of color at risk for unsafe sex, violence, and substance abuse. To better meet the needs of GLBTQ youth, we must integrate awareness of racism and the understanding of how culture shapes sexual attitudes, values, and beliefs. We must also be willing to redress homophobia within communities of color and create safe spaces for GLBTQ youth of color. In order to be part of the solution, Advocates launched its Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Project two years ago. Advocates seeks to build the capacity of organizations interested in and committed to improving the sexual health of all young people, including GLBTQ youth of color.
Through Advocates’ Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia Project, organizations may receive culturally relevant publications and materials on HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention programming for GLBTQ youth; strategic technical assistance and training; and a seed grant in the amount of $7500. With these resources, partner organizations create safe spaces for GLBTQ youth of color 13-24 years old and redress homophobia within the local community, including schools and agencies.