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Devarah "Dee" Borrego

How to Talk Trans

Anniversaries and a Cure
March 5, 2013

Today was my eighth anniversary with HIV. I was diagnosed in a small town doctor's office, all alone and terrified, eight years ago today.

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How to Talk Trans: An Introduction
February 4, 2013

As a very out and open HIV+ transwoman, I'm often approached by well-intentioned people at conferences and other events who tell me about how they support the transgender community, but that they don't exactly know how to interact with the trans people in their life and/or in their work. They want to be able to ask them about their lives and their gender history, yet they're often unaware of how to do that in a way that is culturally sensitive to the needs of the trans community. These questions nearly always arise from a place of curiosity and good intention, yet they're also ones which, when asked in the wrong way, can really alienate a trans person or make them feel uncomfortable.

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Devarah "Dee" Borrego's Intro
January 3, 2013

My name is Devarah 'Dee' Borrego, and I'm a 28-year-old, HIV+ transwoman originally from Denver, Colorado, who grew up mostly in suburban Connecticut. I acquired HIV at age 20; the same year as I began my transition. I've been living in the Boston area since 2004 where I've worked with and at a number of different community organizations in the Boston area, including JRI Health, TransCEND, the Boston Living Center and Cambridge Cares About AIDS. I'm also a polyglot I speaks Spanish, French, Norwegian, American Sign Language, and a variety of other languages to various degrees.

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See Also
Personal Stories: Transgender People With HIV

How to Talk Trans

Devarah "Dee" Borrego

Devarah "Dee" Borrego

Ms. Borrego is an HIV+ transwoman originally from Denver, Colo., who grew up mostly in suburban Connecticut. She acquired HIV at age 20, the same year as she began her transition. She has been living in the Boston area since 2004, where she has worked with and at a number of different community organizations, including JRI Health, TransCEND, the Boston Living Center and Cambridge Cares About AIDS. She was also a founding member of the Positive Women's Network -- United States of America (PWN-USA), an organization led by and for HIV+ American women to address the way HIV disproportionately affects women in the U.S. She currently is a steering committee member for the PWN-USA, as well as the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA).

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Interviews With Dee:

Transwomen and HIV With Dee Borrego

This Positive Life: An Interview With Dee Borrego

Conversations Featuring Dee:

Breaking Down Barriers to Transgender Health and HIV Care

Through the Lens of Community: Trans Inclusion in Women's and LGBT Organizations

Articles by Dee:

How to Survive a Plague Screening and Discussion

Criminal Musings at AIDS 2012

The Global Village Effect

Sexual Rights of HIV-Positive Transwomen

Misunderstood Communities: Building Bridges Between "Them" and "Us"

A Reflection on USCA's Coverage of and Dialogue on Transgender Issues

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