As a trans non-binary person, I understand how important allyship is in the fight against stigma and bigotry. I always endeavour to use my voice and platform to amplify the voices of people living with HIV and address the stigma they still face today.
You can't explain what HIV stigma feels like until you've experienced it. From pre diagnosis to post diagnosis, you have to find where you belong, where you feel safe. Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is right there at the coalface, helping people living with HIV to thrive.
My name is Terrilee Simpson.
My daughter died of an HIV brain infection one week after her third birthday.
I'm not sure if it was me who passed on the virus or her father.
I wasn't tested during my pregnancy because I wasn't considered a risk; I'm a heterosexual woman and I was in a monogamous relationship.
This is my story.
BGF was founded on the concept of RU OK. Back in 1984, a couple of friends asking Bobby Goldsmith, ‘Are you ok?’ and he actually wasn’t. We were born out of love. Love for an individual that has grown into the organisation that we are today.
The last Friday in August every year is Wear It Purple Day. It’s a day for us to all stand in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ youth, celebrate their diversity and support them to live their lives as their authentic selves.
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. For people living with HIV, raising awareness of hepatitis is particularly important. Due to the transmission routes for HIV and hepatitis B and C being similar, it is not uncommon for a person living with HIV to have a dual diagnosis.