Building Leaders in Advocacy

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation provides opportunities for growth and development for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

Led by the Transgender Justice Initiative and the My Body My Health initiative, the HRC Foundation provides three annual fellowships with built out curriculums, projects, and networking opportunities that provides fellows with connections to LGBTQ+ health equity leaders, influencers, and policy makers across the nation.
Participating members of our fellowships are also granted resources and a stipend to support cohorts throughout their projects.

ELEVATE and ACTIVATE by Trans Justice Initiative

ELEVATE and ACTIVATE are managed by our Transgender Justice Initiative to build the capacity of leadership for specifically trans and non-binary BIPOC folx. By developing the core skills needed through comprehensive training, we hope to increase the presence of LGBTQ+ BIPOC experiences in leadership roles in advocacy.

>90,000 People have been reached in our fellows work to provide for the needs of local communities
>50 Community Based Organizations have been impacted by our work
32 Total community advocates in our programs


The ELEVATE Fellowship advances the leadership of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) femmes of trans experience

More on ELEVATE here


The ACTIVATE fellowship is an annual professional development fellowship designed for trans and non-binary BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

More on ACTIVATE here.

GENERATE by HIV & Health Equity

Managed by our HIV & Health Equity program, GENERATE is a gen Z sexual health program created to mobilize Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth to join together and advance efforts to finally build a generation free of HIV with the encouragement to promote sexual health on college campuses and within local LGBTQ+ communities .

1st Year Accomplishments

Peer Support Group HI-fiVe

Daniel Fernandez de Castro (he/him) started a peer support group rooted in support, advocacy, education, and friendship for those who have been newly diagnosed or are living with HIV. The group consisted of interactive workshops with educational topics to achieve a full understanding of HIV, community, resources, treatments, growth, and a healthy lifestyle. Daniel's dream is to have similar educational programs or other chapters in other cities to better support people living with HIV no matter where they are in their journey.

HIV Modernization Movement for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Phoenix Schlebecker (they/them) hosted a legislator meet-and-greet advocacy event and brought in around a dozen advocates living with HIV from across the state of Indiana, giving them the opportunity to engage with their elected representatives and highlight how the Black community is disproportionately impacted by HIV and the laws that criminalize PLWHIV in Indiana.


The GENERATE fellowship works with 18-24 year old's to help arm them with the tools needed to take control of their sexual health and reduce the spread of HIV through advocacy, education and storytelling.

We Continue to Grow...

As part of the My Body, My Health initiative, The HBCU team at the Human Rights Campaign has launched “The HBCU PrEP Peer Educator Program” for HBCU students age 19-23