Hyderabad: The US Agency for International Development (USAID), President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, organised the premiere of the documentary ‘Mitr Clinic – Pride and Beyond’, featuring India’s first comprehensive health clinic for the transgender community in Hyderabad on November 30.
The documentary showcases how USAID, the Government of India, civil society groups, and community leaders are working together to address the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons in the country. The clinic was launched in January 2021, to provide comprehensive services for the transgender community. All the staff including doctors and counsellors are from the transgender community. In July this year, two more health clinics were started in the state of Maharashtra.
The film launch was part of the events commemorating the Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and World AIDS Day (December 1). The Additional Secretary and Director General, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Alok Saxena and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Radhika Chakravarthy participated in the event along with delegates from the US government, National AIDS Control Organization, partner organisations, activists, and community leaders.
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