Chicago-based transgender advocate, Helena Bushong will join HIV experts as the first transgender representative to attend a White House National Strategy Meeting. An active voice on transgender and women’s health disparities, Bushong accepted an invitation from Jeff Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House to the “Women and HIV” meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
Bushong will join experts on HIV/AIDS, including women with HIV, policy makers, community-based service providers, civil rights lawyers, and researchers. Participants will examine approaches to HIV prevention and integrated care, disparities, and related issues to inform the national HIV/AIDS strategy.
Bushong is the current Chair of Illinois Gender Advocates, Community Co-Chair for the HIV Prevention Planning Group, a member of Mayor Daley’s Chicago Area HIV Service Planning Council, an advocate with the Chicago AIDS Foundation, and a member of Illinois ASAP.
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For anyone unable to make the meeting December 1, we elected a new chair and vice chair for 2010.
Helena Bushong will serve as chair.
Johannah (aka Jonathan) Baker-Johnson will serve as vice chair.
IGA officially thanks Cyndi Richards for her 2 years serving as chair and all the hard work and committed she dedicated to IGA. It has become a mantra, and rightly so, that IGA would not exist today without her.
The minutes can be viewed on the website at http://genderadvocates.org/?q=node/43