The MSMGF currently hosts two reference groups of activists from around the world focused on issues concerning young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender people, respectively. Composed of prominent activists from around the world, the reference groups advise the MSMGF on its projects and strategies concerning each group's respective target population.
Youth Reference Group
Established in early 2010, the Youth Reference Group (YRG) is composed of 18 YMSM advocates working for the health and human rights of YMSM in their respective regions around the world. The YRG advises and coordinates the work of the MSMGF on YMSM issues, advocating for the empowerment of YMSM within the global HIV response through skills building, cross networking, and meaningful participation in the decision-making processes that affect YMSM.
International Reference Group on Trans* and Gender Variant and HIV/AIDS Issues (IRGT)
First convened in 2011, the International Reference Group on Trans* and Gender Variant and HIV/AIDS Issues (IRGT) is composed of 11 transgender advocates from Argentina, Australia, India, Malaysia, Peru, the Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. The IRTG works to organize joint advocacy action at the global level on behalf of MSM and transgender people and to provide guidance to the MSMGF on transgender issues.