Caribbean to hold first Transgender Forum
20 November 2015
Alliance regional partner REDLACTRANS, together with its national member organisations in Belize, Transgenders in Action (TIA) and the Dominican Republic, COTRAVETD (Community Trans, Transvestite, Sex Workers Dominican Republic), are to organise the first ever forum for transgender women in the Caribbean on 25-26 November 2015.
Globally, an estimated 19% of transgender women are living with HIV. Globally, the chance of acquiring HIV is 49 times higher for transgender women than all adults of reproductive age. Around the world, transgender people experience physical and sexual violence and hate crimes. The full extent of the violence and hate crimes faced by transgender people is difficult to gauge because it is thought to be underreported.
Whilst the Caribbean region is home to only 0.7% of the global total of people living with HIV, infection rates remain high – with gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender women and sex workers among the most vulnerable key populations in the region. Many Caribbean countries criminalise LGBT people – as reflected in the Alliance’s current campaign, Paradise or Persecution.
The objectives for the Forum are to bring activists from around the region together to begin to network, share experiences and inspire new organisations.
Many of the transgender organisations in the Caribbean are still in their infancy. TIA in Belize is the first English speaking Caribbean organisation to join REDLACTRANS. It is hoped after this meeting that others will follow.