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Transgender Awareness Week: Global Insights on Transgender Health

“Global Insights on Transgender Health” is a video conversation sharing international, community-based research conducted by and with transmasculine, transfeminine, and nonbinary people in Asia, India, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

This recorded session highlights the work of six published authors and experts in support of establishing an affirming public health framework for Transgender populations around the world.

            Topics to be covered:
            Creating Health Equity for Gender and Sexual Minorities in Puerto Rico, North and South America
            Research that supports creating health equity through actions on the social determinants of health, with special attention to Latino communities, sexual and gender minority populations, and people affected by HIV.
            Speakers: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz and Arianna Lint 

            Our Health Matters: Trans Men and Transmasculine Health Study in India
            Findings from the project’s qualitative research phase and methods for combining research data and community knowledge to develop policy and socially relevant survey measures.
            Speakers: Dr. Ayden Scheim and Shaman Gupta

            Overview of Current Epidemiological Findings in Trans Health, Frameworks, and Policy Evaluations
            Evidence based research into the myriad of health priorities of transgender and nonbinary communities including those living with HIV.
            Speakers: Dr. Arjee Javellana Restar and Irene N. Quilantang, MA  

            Meet the Presenters


            Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

            What is your research? Indian Trans Men and Transmasculine Health Study is a community-based research project. The study is led by a transmasculine Steering committee and researchers (trans and non-trans) from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health (Philadelphia, USA) and the Population Council (New Delhi). Project partners include TWEET Foundation and Transmen Collective. Our Health Matters focuses on transmasculine people’s experiences in society and health care, and how they affect our health and well-being. Results will be shared back with the community and used to advocate for better access to health care and more affirming policies for trans men and transmasculine persons in India.

            What is the impact of your research? As we collect data, our research process is positively impacting trans communities through employment, training, and capacity-building opportunities. Looking forward to the research findings that we are beginning to share, potential impacts include informing policy changes, specifically related to legal gender recognition and healthcare access.

            A portrait photo of Ayden Scheim, PhD, a man wearing glasses, a black blazer and a colorful plaid shirt.
            Dr. Ayden Scheim

            Shaman Gupta

            Title: Shaman Gupta , Co-Chair, TWEET (Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust)

            The work: Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET) aka Tweet Foundation is a community-based organization in India based out of New Delhi and Mumbai was established by seven trans activists in 2017 to serve the young trans movement in India. Shaman is a transman working for trans rights in India since 2015. He is an engineering graduate from NITK Surathkal and has worked as a software developer in his early career days. He works in the education sector in his full-time job. He has been awarded the Dalai Lama Fellowship 2020 for his work with the TWEET Foundation. Shaman also contributes his time to the GATE working group and international scientific studies for trans health care.

            The Impact: We provide handholding support to transgender persons in accessing health and legal services, education and employment, support to access information and get gender-affirming care. We build awareness amongst community members to build their capacity to raise their voices and advocate for their rights in various spaces. To Increase public awareness about trans persons and their human right issues, sensitization of individuals, corporate, lawmakers, advocacy with the government in order to mainstream and ensure inclusion of trans-friendly policies and creation of trans friendly spaces


            Title: Social Epidemiologist / Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington

            What is your research? Transgender and nonbinary health, health policy; social epidemiology; behavioral, social and structural determinants of health; substance use prevention and care; mental health promotion; HIV/STI prevention and care; behavioral economics; gender affirming care.

            Applying epidemiologic methods to behavioral, social, structural, and health services research and policy to address inequities in health outcomes and access, particularly as experienced by communities of transgender and nonbinary people in the US and Asia.

            What is the impact of your research? Expanding transgender health as a field by building research environments that produce high-quality evidence that speaks to the myriad of health priorities of transgender and nonbinary communities at-large, along with community stakeholders, scientists, scholars, and trainees who are also paving this field forward. This work includes advocating for institutional policies and practices that dismantle systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity.

            A portrait photo of Arjee Restar, a woman with long brown hair wearing a pink blazer.
            Dr. Arjee Restar

            A picture of Irene N. Quilantang, a woman wearing round glasses and smiling.
            Ma. Irene N. Quilantang, MA, ScM


            Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila; PhD Student, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Brown University.

            What is your research? Behavioral, social, and structural determinants of health; HIV prevention and care; prevention of violence against children; mental health promotion; community engagement; global health. These are relevant issues in the Philippines, and I want to help address them by developing and implementing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and community-engaged intervention programs.

            What is the impact of your research? Serving underprivileged and marginalized communities, particularly those in the Philippines, by translating science into practice. 

            Title: Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University-Milken Institute School of Public Health; Founding Director of the Gill-Lebovic Center for Community Health in the Caribbean and Latin America at GWU-SPH.

            What is your research? I am a public health scientist and conduct community-centered research in Puerto Rico, North and South America, and the Caribbean region. My work has focused on health equity through actions on the social determinants of health, with special attention to Latino communities, sexual and gender minority populations, and people affected by HIV.

            Public health matters and community engagement is fundamental for a comprehensive and culturally appropriate response. I chose a career that matters to me and that I am passionate about.

            What is the impact of your research? Improved access to and retention in primary care for LGBTQ populations, particularly Latinxs and people affected by HIV.

            A portrait photo of Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD a man wearing red framed glasses and a grey blazer.
            Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz

            Arianna Lint  


            Title: Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, Trans educator and advocate

            The Work: Founder of Arianna’s Center, Arianna dedicates her time to educating, mentoring & advocating for people in her community. She is experienced in public speaking and facilitating classes and workshops about transgender issues, HIV in transgender communities, and diversity. She also provides pre/post counseling and testing and event planning in the field of HIV prevention, doing outreach for those at risk of contracting HIV.  Arianna has had the opportunity to work with ADAP & CHEERS for Peers, and the Work Group for Transgender people in the Florida State, for the Florida Health Dept. Later in an Immunology Clinic, she was on the front lines with people that have been infected & affected by HIV as a Family Support Worker and as a Human Services Counselor II.

            The Impact: Arianna’s Center delivers key services through an integrated case management model. We work one-on-one with each client to provide a comprehensive set of services uniquely tailored to meet individual needs. Many of our clients begin working with us to gain access to legal name/gender change services and/or access to transition related care. During our initial intake, clients identify their priorities and share about their life experience. We ensure through prompts and questions in the initial assessment that we emerge with a holistic understanding of each client’s needs and priorities around immigration, HIV risk, incarceration, and domestic violence.

            Additional Information & Further Reading

            Taylor & Francis is proud to work with and support the organizations who are making a positive impact in transgender public health. We are committed to publishing, and making accessible, evidence-based research to educate, stimulate productive conversations, and support policy changes.

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            Explore Our Presenters’ Taylor & Francis Published Articles

            Journal Article
            The Journal of Sex Research Sexual Satisfaction in Trans Masculine and Nonbinary Individuals: A Qualitative Investigation
            The Journal of Sex Research Sex and Gender Diversity Among Transgender Persons in Ontario, Canada: Results From a Respondent-Driven Sampling Survey
            The Journal of Sex Research Sexual Inactivity Among Transfeminine Persons: A Canadian Respondent-Driven Sampling Survey
            The Journal of Sex Research Identifying Health Differences Between Transgender and Cisgender Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men Using a Community-Based Approach
            AIDS Care Barriers and facilitators to HIV and sexually transmitted infections testing for gay, bisexual, and other transgender men who have sex with men
            Substance Use & Misuse Prevalence and Correlates of Syringe Disposal Box Use in a Philadelphia Neighborhood with High Levels of Public Drug Injection
            Culture, Health & Sexuality Affirming and negotiating gender in family and social spaces: Stigma, mental health and resilience among transmasculine people in India
            International Journal of Transgenderism Sexual Health of Trans Men Who Are Gay, Bisexual, or Who Have Sex with Men: Results from Ontario, Canada
            International Journal of Transgenderism Disparities in access to family physicians among transgender people in Ontario, Canada
            Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health Unique Issues Bisexual People Face in Intimate Relationships: A Descriptive Exploration of Lived Experience
            Journal of Homosexuality HIV Disclosure Practices to Family among Mexican and Puerto Rican Sexual Minority Men with HIV in the Continental USA: Intersections of Sexual Orientation and HIV Stigma
            Culture, Health & Sexuality Comparing male escorts' sexual behaviour with their last male client versus non-commercial male partner
            Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services Sexual health knowledge and stigma in a community sample of HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico
            International Journal of Sexual Health Challenges for the Well-Being of and Health Equity for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People in Puerto Rico
            The Journal of Sex Research “Let’s Hook Up When the Pandemic is Over:” Latinx Sexual Minority Men’s Sexual Behavior During COVID-19
            Substance Abuse Disparities in traditional and alternative tobacco product use across sexual orientation groups of young adult men and women in the US
            AIDS Care Risk factors for suicide attempts in a clinic-based sample of people living with HIV in Puerto Rico
            AIDS Care Smoking and cessation-related attitudes among men who have sex with men in the country of Georgia
            Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health Latino sexual minority men’s intersectional minority stress, general stress, and coping during COVID-19: A rapid qualitative study
            AIDS Care Burden of HIV among young transgender women: factors associated with HIV infection and HIV treatment engagement
            AIDS Care An initial randomized controlled trial of behavioral activation for treatment of concurrent crystal methamphetamine dependence and sexual risk for HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men
            International Journal of Transgender Health Transgender-specific COVID-19-related stressors and their association with depressive symptoms among transgender adults: A nationwide cross-sectional survey in South Korea
            Critical Public Health Evaluating translation of HIV-related legal protections into practice: a qualitative assessment among HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Manila, Philippines
            Culture, Health & Sexuality Solidarity, support and competition among communities of female and male sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya
            Global Public Health Sword and Shield: Perceptions of law in empowering and protecting HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Manila, Philippines
            Global Public Health Barriers and facilitators to uptake of condoms among Filipinx transgender women and cisgender men who have sex with men: A situated socio-ecological perspective

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