What Is the Cost of Homophobia and Other Systemic Biases?

What Is the Cost of Homophobia and Other Systemic Biases?

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Is it possible to put a global price tag on bigotry? A tool called the Homophobic Climate Index purports to approximate the global economic cost of homophobia -- and that cost, in terms of nations' coffers of dollars and cents, is significant. We also know that attempts to erase or shame communities affected by HIV can reach as high up as the United Nations, with profound consequences.

Is it possible to put a global price tag on bigotry? A tool called the Homophobic Climate Index purports to approximate the global economic cost of homophobia -- and that cost, in terms of nations' coffers of dollars and cents, is significant. We also know that attempts to erase or shame communities affected by HIV can reach as high up as the United Nations, with profound consequences.

But what are the costs of homophobia, transphobia and other systems of injustice in the eyes of frontline HIV care providers, researchers and advocates? At AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Africa, we gathered perspectives from a global group of HIV professionals.

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