Trans academic wins human rights award – Shawn Syms

HIV-AIDS: Namaste illuminates trans, bi and swinger lives

Noted Montreal academic, author and activist Viviane Namaste has been awarded the 2009 Canadian Award for Action on HIV-AIDS and Human Rights for her efforts to address the HIV prevention and treatment needs of trans people, bisexuals and the swingers community.

Namaste accepted the award in Toronto Jun 12, at From Evidence and Principle to Policy and Practice, the first annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights organized by the Canadian HIV-AIDS Legal Network. The award, co-presented by the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, has been presented annually since 2002. Namaste was nominated for the award by Montreal community organizer Jenn Clamen.