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Recognizing International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

“Since [May 17] is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, it is worth recognizing the importance of efforts to stop inequality and stigma faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the world,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Global Fund’s blog. “Among many other challenges, they face disproportionate rates of HIV infection,” he continues, adding, “Homophobia and discrimination by health providers can make it difficult for [men who have sex with men (MSM)] and transgender people to use traditional and mainstream health services. … The Global Fund is committed to implementing policies and strategies to address these challenges” (5/17).