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Institute
Policy & Advocacy
MISSION

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 Impact

December 19, 2020
Comments of Whitman-Walker Health In Opposition To Proposed Changes To Nondiscriminati…
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January 24, 2020
Comments on NIH FY2021-2025 Strategic Plan for SOGI Research
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December 16, 2020
Comments On the Triannual Information Collection for End the HIV Epidemic Plan RWHAP Recipient…
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April 20, 2020
Comments Opposed to Proposed Changes to Procedures for Asylum and Bars to Asylum Eligibility
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