Good Faith: Religious Champions for LGBT Health and Human Rights
*Recommended Audience: Young Professionals/Graduate Students, Mid-Level Professionals, and Experienced Professionals
Discrimination against gender and sexual minorities (GSM) is a critical barrier to HIV services, helping countries achieve 90-90-90 targets and universal treatment access. While religious leaders have been engaged to advance family planning, immunization, and other HIV interventions, it may seem unimaginable to engage religious leaders in advancing GSM human rights. Yet local organizations have developed effective interventions to do so. This session will focus on an intervention implemented in Kenya, in which religious leaders attend trainings and are involved in follow on working groups to actively engage in behavior change. Participants will learn about the training methodology, currently reaching over 200 Christian and Muslim leaders, and will participate in an activity on how religious leaders can promote change for health and human rights.
Speakers: Ashley Gibbs, Palladium; Andrew Zapfel, Palladium