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21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

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What Is the Cost of Homophobia and Other Systemic Biases?

September 23, 2016

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Tonia Poteat, Ph.D.

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States

I am a public health researcher who focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities. Stigma and discrimination against sexual and gender minorities causes unnecessary suffering, disease and death across the world.

It also costs us our humanity. We lose the ability to appreciate the beauty of sexual and gender diversity. It shuts down the immense capacity of the human heart to truly see and value each other in all the ways we are the same and different, and we miss connecting with each other in meaningful ways. The cost of homophobia and transphobia is enormous.

Photo courtesy of the JHU Center for Public Health and Human Rights.






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