Posts tagged: transgender latina
Victoria Cruz is a transgender boriqua from the island but has lived in New York City since the age of 4. In 1997, Victoria Cruz was a victim and is a survivor of sexual assault and harassment by four female co-workers. After refusing to remain silent and hold her attackers responsible for their violent actions, she has dedicated her life to helping other TLGBQ folks, especially TLGBQ people of color survive and thrive despite their experiences with domestic violence, police brutality, and/or sexual violence. Victoria Cruz works for the New York Anti-Violence Project and was recognized as one of the 2012 recipients of the Justice Department’s National Crime Victim Service Award.
I/We honor her part and effort en la lucha for creating a more just and safe world. We give thanks for the love and light she brings into this world that often does not contain enough of either.
Since 2006, the rate of being diagnosed with AIDS 12 months or less after testing HIV+ is 3 TIMES GREATER FOR LATIN@S COMPARED TO WHITE PEOPLE.
Also since 2006, the death rate for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS is 3 TIMES GREATER FOR LATIN@S COMPARED TO WHITE PEOPLE.
Most folks focus the overall disparities in HIV transmission between white folks and people of color, especially black people and Latin@s. To me, what is even more startling is the relatively short time between when many Latin@s test HIV+ and then receive an AIDS diagnosis. On top of that, the death rate for Latin@s living with HIV/AIDS is 300% higher than whites. This just emphasizes the fact that our communities lack access to both HIV prevention services and health care to manage the virus once transmitted (in general, our communities lack access to health care whether we are talking about HIV/AIDS or not). As of 2008 (since 1986 when data was first collected), over 111,000 Latin@s have died because of HIV/AIDS. We are dying for this and many other reasons. Our lives are of equal value to any other human being, this is an absolute, universal (meta)physical fact; question is: when will folks in power get clue and act in accordance with this fact.
**These facts were gained from the Latino Commission on AIDS
Thirty-six percent (36%) of Latino/a transgender people reported having postponed care when they were sick or injured due to fear of discrimination.
El treinta y seis porciento (36%) de las personas transgéneros latinas/os dijeron haber pospuesto el cuidado medico cuando estaban enfermas/os o herida/o debido al miedo a la discriminación.
Sometimes dropping out of school is an act of self-love and liberation when all school represents is a place of constant fear, torment, and pain! I’m just saying, things are never as simple and clear cut as they seem.