HIV Activist Bamby Salcedo Recognized as 2014 Top Woman of Color

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Bamby Salcedo
Bamby Salcedo

Colorlines, a news website dedicated to issues regarding race in the U.S., made a list of the top 14 women of color who rocked 2014. The list was representative of many different fields -- media, advocacy, politics and more -- and among those recognized was HIV and transgender justice activist Bamby Salcedo.

The list's compiler, Miriam Zoila Pérez, says she "wanted to look back at the accomplishments of women of color who've been doing amazing work in the face of this really changing and turbulent year."

Salcedo is the founder and president of Los Angeles advocacy organization TransLatin@ Coalition. The organization advocates for the rights of transgender Latinas in the U.S. and was founded in 2009 as a grassroots response to the community's needs. This year saw the organization working toward the goals it set out in its recent report TransVisible: Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society. One of the report's many recommendations is that transgender women, especially transgender Latinas, be included in more HIV prevention and treatment research.

This year also saw the release of Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story, a documentary film that tells Salcedo's life story. Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker Dante Alencastre directed the film.

Watch Salcedo explain how she turned personal challenges and barriers into the basis of her activism:

To read about the other women who were recognized, head over to Colorlines.

Mathew Rodriguez is the community editor for and

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