We know that trans women are often lumped in with men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly in HIV prevention research, which can be very invalidating for our community. This study is focused on trans women only. It also places an important emphasis on empowerment.
Empowerment includes feeling part of a sisterhood of trans women, from many generations, standing in solidarity together, celebrating our beauty and diversity, and knowing that we are worth saving.
Empowerment is so important because our community has faced extreme discrimination, violence, stigma, and gross stereotypes even from within LGBT communities and women’s movements. This study provides participants the opportunity to make positive changes in our own lives, building on the strengths we already have.