A Message from our Executive Director
I am very proud to share with you our Annual Report 2019. It reflects an intense year of work in all of GATE’s thematic areas, including the beginning of some exciting new projects.
2019 was an historic year for trans and gender diverse communities around the world, as the World Health Assembly approved the eleventh version of the International Classification of Diseases. After more than ten years of advocacy, trans-related categories were removed from chapter on Mental Health and moved to a new chapter related to sexual conditions. However, there is still a lot to be done: intersex people are still heavily pathologized in ICD-11.
In 2019, trans, gender diverse and intersex people were targeted by anti-gender organizing. To respond to this challenge, GATE launched a campaign Unite against Transphobia, and created a new project focused on violence rooted in so-called ‘Gender Ideology’.
We continued our work on HIV, engaging with key stakeholders including UNAIDS, The Global Fund, WHO, IAS, GNP+, ICASO, PITCH and IRGT. We also engaged in the process of organizing AIDS2020, and created our other new project, the Trans Men and HIV Working Group.
For GATE, 2019 was a year marked by collaborative processes; we organized and co-organized, facilitated and participated in multiple trainings, workshops, meetings and conferences, as well as providing peer-to-peer mentorship, and we contributed to informing the work of donors supporting our movements.
From the end of 2019 to the end of 2020, we will be celebrating GATE’s 10th Anniversary. We are facing a new year full of its own challenges, so this report offers a comprehensive account on how we have been building our capacity to face them to date.
Mauro Cabral Grinspan