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Transgender Health and Human Rights

November 9, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Co-sponsored by: Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Public Health Program and Grantmakers in Health

**Please RSVP to Marvin Webb at to register.** (note: please include the country from which you will be dialing so that we can send you the correct dial-in information)

The scant evidence available points to huge gaps in access to and availability of quality health services for transgender communities.

Legislative and policy environments directly and indirectly discriminate against transgender individuals which impacts on access to and quality of care, and act as a determinant of health outcomes for many trans people. As a result, transgender individuals suffer poorer health across global and economic settings, including higher rates of HIV infection, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, and sexual violence. Health related issues are often prioritized by transgender groups as the most pressing concerns facing their communities. There are tremendous opportunities for donors to make investments that would change legal and policy environments in order to immediately effect improvements in the access to and quality of care available to transgender communities. This call will explore the health and related human rights issues facing transgender communities, and discuss opportunities for how donors could make a difference.


Justus Eisfeld and Mauro Cabral, Co-directors, Global Action for Trans* Equality

JoAnne Keatley, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, San Francisco, USA

He-Jin Kim, Development Director, Gender Dynamix, South Africa

Richard Koehler, Co-chair, Transgender Europe


Heather Doyle, Director of the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Public Health Program, New York City, USA

Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community

Focus(es): Focus on Transgender People

Topic(s): Civil/Human Rights, Health