T.W.E.E.T. (Transgender Women's Engagement & Entry to Care) in the South

TWEET (Transgender Women Engagement and Entry to Care) is an evidence informed intervention funded by HRSA HAB through the E2i initiative to link and engage transgender women living with HIV in to care. CrescentCare in New Orleans was recently funded to implement TWEET. Presenters will describe the challenges of setting up such a program in the Deep South, highlight successes, and review lessons learned on how to help transwomen feel empowered by creating a safe, interactive space, focusing on wholistic health. Programs such as TWEET are essential to the development of influential Marsha P.

Intended audience(s)

This workshop is for everyone. Trans women, trans men, and allies.

About the presenters

Malaysia Lee Walker

Malaysia Walker was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and now resides in New Orleans, La. She is familiar with many obstacles faced by the transgender communities in the South. Her passion for equality is the driving force behind her work. “The only way to truly understand the struggle is to hear from those who are struggling.” Malaysia believes that power lies within the communities of color, and is determined to empower people through dedication, wisdom, and determination to ensure that all transgender people can live without fear, using their voices and experiences as weapons against injustice.

Camilla Marchena

My name is Camilla Marchena, I’m currently a Linkage Specialist at CrescentCare serving the trans feminine community in New Orleans to remove barriers to healthcare and other services. As a trans latina woman who has completed my transition; I felt obligated to share my experiences, so others wouldn’t feel alone on their journeys. It is a privilege to be able to advocate for and to empower others along the way. The work I do is always with the intention to show society that someone’s trans identity shouldn’t affect their employment, housing, health care or the love and respect they deserve.