HRC held a virtual chat with global Latinx leaders to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on transgender and non-binary communities around the world.
Post submitted by former HRC Global Director Jay Gilliam
On Tuesday, April 14, HRC and Arianna’s Center hosted an online chat with global Latinx leaders about the impact COVID-19 is having on transgender and non-binary communities around the world, particularly those living with HIV. These leaders discussed what is happening in their communities from Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In case you missed the discussion, you can watch it here (in Spanish) and read about the top five issues that these leaders raised.
“For three years there have been no antiretrovirals in Venezuela,” said Tamara Adrian from there. “This creates a higher risk for those living with HIV due to the lack of access to antiretrovirals and increases the dangers of contracting the COVID-19 virus.”
Delayed care can also have negative impacts on mental health.
Alessia Injoque from Chile noted, “The statistics show that 90% of transgender people do not have access to a formal job. The relief measures taken support unemployed people. But many LGBTQ people are not part of the formal economy, left out of government aid without the possibility to earn any income.”
Javiera from Peru said, “Visibility is extremely important to advance laws to protect our community. Throughout this crisis and the recent actions of the government, the critical need to enact a gender identity law has become more noticeable than ever.”
Advocates challenged community members to become empowered to educate political, business and community leaders.
Governments can do better, as the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Victor Madrigal has challenged many to do. In Peru, after initially implementing a similar gender-based quarantine like Panama, the government cancelled the measure. Instead, they have a system in which only one person per family unit can leave their home on alternate days.
HRC applauds the extraordinary work of these Latinx transgender leaders and the many other resilient global advocates working on behalf of the communities. We will continue to amplify their voices and work and sound the alarm on these issues and others that affect various LGBTQ communities around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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