Orlando Sentinel Profiles Home for Transgender People Living With HIV
September 5, 2008
The Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday profiled the region's first residential home for transgender people living with HIV, which advocates say helps a "unique community that faces discrimination, ignorance and a disproportionate share" of HIV/AIDS cases. Keith Theriot, program manager for Orlando's Housing and Community Development Department, said that the population is "particularly complicated," adding that officials "really want to have a safe and stable environment for our clients that are in need." Michael Vance -- executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida -- said, "When they become homeless, they cannot go to a female homeless shelter because biologically they still have male parts." He added, "But if they go to male shelters, they are often abused, ridiculed and sexually abused."
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