Centering Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Voices in Public Health

Published: November 16, 2017

“Gender affirmation is a determinant of health” – Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS by Mahri Bahati, Public Health Advisor Earlier this November, MSMGF staff participated in the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit, hosted by the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Over the course of three days which included 84 break-out sessions, five plenaries, a poster session, and …

Apply Now: TEACH Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Learning Lab

Published: November 16, 2017

Is your organization lacking the resources, support, capacity, or infrastructure to be self-sustaining? Want to learn how to more effectively meet the specific HIV treatment and prevention needs of your community? Apply to take part in a TEACH Learning Lab TEACH (Trans Education + Action = Capacity for Health) is seeking expressions of interest from trans-led organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa …

MSMGF Counting on New Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands to Uphold Commitments to Key Populations

Published: November 16, 2017

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV welcomes the recent appointment of Peter Sands as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. MSMGF hopes that theGlobal Fund will continue to be a powerful force in advancing human rights and gender equality for people infected with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Peter …

Achieving HIV Targets through Human Rights Instruments

Published: November 15, 2017

Maximizing Existing Mechanisms to Reach National HIV Goals for Key Populations: What HIV Activists Should Know By Stephen Leonelli and David Ruiz Villafranca This post presents an overview of the human rights political mechanisms and expert bodies available to activists at the Human Rights Council, as well as resources for how they can be utilized. Community action has been fundamental …

#ColorsRNotShame: Egypt's Recent LGBT Crackdown

Published: October 30, 2017

A recent government crackdown targeting same-sex behavior in Egypt is cause for concern for human rights defenders all over the world. On Friday September 22nd, two individuals were photographed holding a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo for the Lebanese indie-rock band Machrou’ Leila, whose lead singer is openly gay. The photo sparked a media firestorm in the country …

Activists in Focus: Karen Badalyan of the South Caucus Network on HIV/AIDS

Published: October 27, 2017

Karen Badalyan is the co-founder of the South Caucasus Network on HIV/AIDS (SCN), an innovative partnership that works to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for men who have sex with men and transgender people. MSMGF: Tell us a little bit about the context you work in. Karen: The first thing that we have to distinguish …

Activists in Focus: Elie Ballan of M-Coalition

Published: October 25, 2017

Elie Ballan is the director of M-Coalition, an organization based out of Lebanon that works on promoting sexual health and rights of MSM throughout the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region. MSMGF: Tell us a little bit about the context you work in. Elie: M-Coalition works on LGBT rights in a region where it is 100% criminalized. The HIV …

Three New Members of MSMGF's Youth Reference Group

Published: October 23, 2017

This October, MSMGF recruited three new members to its Youth Reference Group (YRG) to increase our capacity to advocate for the sexual health and human rights of young gay and bisexual men worldwide. Established in early 2010, the YRG is composed of young gay and bisexual advocates working for the health and human rights of young MSM in their respective regions …

Legal Consultation in Tanzania Raided by Local Police

Published: October 20, 2017

The following is a joint press statement Issued by Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) October 20, 2016 • Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, a legal consultation convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by the Tanzanian …

Advocating for Change: Speaking Out Training in East Africa

Published: October 18, 2017

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and our long-time partners at Ishtar MSM, hosted Speaking Out, a five-day advocacy training in Nairobi, Kenya. A group of advocates from East Africa rolled up their sleeves to work, exchange, share, learn, envision, and create possibilities for changes through advocacy. Speaking Out is MSMGF’s long-standing advocacy training program which aims to bolster …

MSMGF Honored as Beneficiary of Lazy Bear Fund

Published: October 16, 2017

In 1996, Harry Lit organized a modest weekend gathering for the gay “bear” community in the beautiful and scenic Guerneville, California on the Russian River just north of San Francisco. Aware of the marginalization and lack of spaces for gay men who did not fit the mainstream gay scene, Lit used the event to establish the Lazy Bear Fund (LBF) …

Remarks from the UNAIDS Global Prevention Coalition

Published: October 10, 2017

The Global Prevention Coalition meeting is an opportunity for UN Member States, members of civil society, philanthropists, academics and international organizations to generate support for the launch of a global HIV prevention coalition. The meeting is currently taking place at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please read our latest joint publication Reconsidering Primary Prevention of HIV: New …