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|Atlanta trans activist selected as White House ‘Champion of Courage’|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|June 10, 2011 13:43|
Dee Dee Chamblee, founder of LaGender Inc. in Atlanta and a longtime transgender activist, was recently selected as a "Champion of Courage" by President Barack Obama’s administration.
Chamblee, in an essay titled, "Creating a Path to Transgender Equality," discusses the unique needs of transgender people when it comes to stemming the tide of HIV infections in this community.
It is an honor to be selected as a “Champion of Change” by the White House in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Being a long-term survivor (after living with HIV/AIDS for 24 years) has afforded me the rare opportunity to take control of my life and give it selflessly back to others. Someone was homeless before me, raped before me, discriminated against before me, wrongly incarcerated before me and experienced hate crime violence before me—yet someone survived. I stand before you as a living example of what a little hope can do for those among us.
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