Policy & Advocacy

We advocate for the health, wellness and dignity of LGBTQ individuals and families and people living with HIV.

Our Work

We have a long track record of fighting for the rights of marginalized communities.

Our policy work began during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. During that era, Whitman-Walker’s advocacy efforts were largely devoted to fighting HIV discrimination, providing other desperately needed legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS, and providing community education to dispel misconceptions and prejudice.

Today, we continue to advocate for people who have been discriminated against by society,  including not only people living with HIV, but also our transgender patients, LGBTQ people generally, and immigrants who are seeking equal access to healthcare services.

We believe in the strength of a collective effort. That’s why our policy team collaborates with our healthcare providers and researchers, and with local, regional and national advocacy groups to advocate for our patients’ rights to quality healthcare.

The Whitman-Walker Clinic during the March on Washington of 1987.

Focus Areas

Ensuring access for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV to affordable, welcoming, clinically and culturally competent healthcare.
Fighting stigma and discrimination against people who are living with HIV and those who identify as LGBTQ in all areas of life, and working to end the HIV epidemic and to eliminate health disparities
Changing laws and policies to improve the cultural competence of the healthcare workforce to appropriately serve LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.

Our Recent Advocacy

September 22, 2020
Poverty Issues, Trans Discrimination, Trans Health
Comments Opposing HUD Proposed Rule on Admission Determinates Based on Sex
September 2, 2020
LGBTQ Discrimination, Social Security
Whitman-Walker Statement on Injunction in Walker v. Azar
August 10, 2020
Comments Opposing USCIS Proposed Rule on Security Bars and Processing
July 15, 2020
Comments in Opposition to Changing Asylum Standards