December 1st is World AIDS Day, and this year’s theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people are among those most affected by HIV and AIDS, yet our voices often go unheard in the global AIDS discourse. In order to explore what universal access and human rights mean to MSM and transgender people around the world, we invited members of the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) to respond to one or both of the following statements:
"Men who have sex with men / transgender people in my community need access to…"
“Men who have sex with men / transgender people in my community deserve the right to…”
We also invited members to submit digital images that tell the world:
"This is where I feel most cared for."
The gallery you now see on the homepage of www.msmgf.org showcases responses to these prompts submitted by MSMGF members. Their words and images speak powerfully, lending concrete meaning to important concepts that are too often left abstract. We hope these offerings serve to stimulate vital dialogue on these important issues.