In a time where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, using PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) can prevent the spread of HIV, a transgendered woman of color is the lead in The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, and the unemployment rate is under five percent, the United States has made unprecedented progress.

However, men who have sex with men between the ages of 13-24 have the greatest rate of new HIV infections. Transgender women of color have alarming suicide and unemployment rates. Over seventy percent of transgender women of color are unemployed, and many of them work in the sex industry. And, addiction-drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death.

Where do the sources of disconnect lie? The authors of The LGBTQ Tour of Color have some insight on these topics that most politicians, religious leaders, and healthcare providers refuse to discuss.

GOALS of The LGBTQ Tour of Color:

– Prepare the future leaders of the current and next generation to be more knowledgeable and compassionate to the issues facing the LGBTQ community of color

– Educate attendees on how the intersections of race, religion, gender roles and sexuality affect the LGBTQ community and society

– Educate audience members about the transgender community

– Encourage attendees to lead authentic lives

– Deliver HIV awareness messaging that resonates beyond traditional Public Service Announcements

– Explain how undiagnosed cases of sex addiction are increasing HIV and STI rates

– Explain the signs and dangers of addiction

– Explore how The 4 STEPS can break the addictive cycle

– Address the stigma that the LGBTQ community of color faces within religious organizations

– Bridge the divide between intergenerational groups

– Empower current and future generations of the LGBTQ community of color to thrive and not just survive