In Bolivia, fear and stigmatization cause many people to ostracize and disrespect people because of their HIV-status, their (actual or perceived) sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Members of the LGBTI community are often discriminated against, and live without expressions of affection – even from their own families. They experience unequal treatment in the workplace and a lack of empathy at health centers and other institutions.
Having HIV does not mean that we are less human, or require less kindness and affection
Hivos has partnered with the Bolivian Ministry of Health to create a series of videos to reduce stigma and discrimination against them. These videos show what a huge difference a small gesture could make to their lives.
Watch the videos here
“We’re not asking for privileges”
How supportive are you of people within your own community who are LGBTI? Do you give them equal respect in the workplace, or embrace them the same way you embrace others? In this video, we hear from Antonio a gay man, and other members of the LGBTI community how it feels to be disrespected and stigmatized within their own communities. ‘We’re not asking for privileges, or different treatment – just the same opportunities as others.’
“We are still your colleagues, friends and family members”
Hugging or kissing someone with HIV does not put your life at risk. In this video, we hear from friends and colleagues of people living with HIV, and health workers how important it is to treat people living with HIV with kindness, empathy, and dignity. Being supportive and respectful to our peers and other members within our community should not come with conditions. ‘Having HIV does not mean that we are less human, or require less kindness and affection. We are still your colleagues, friends and family members, and deserve the same treatment.’
Source – Hivos.org