APAIT is proud to announce the return of our transgender advocacy pageant, QUEST!
What is QUEST?
QUEST is designed to encourage the empowerment of the often marginalized transgender community. The event aims to decrease rates of high-risk behaviors in the community, including those contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS infection. QUEST celebrates uniqueness and diversity, while supporting the transgender community. Previous winners have gone on to become leading advocates for the rights of transgender individuals.
Why is QUEST Important?
HIV/AIDS rates among transgender women are among the highest in the U.S. According to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the HIV-positivity rate for transgender women is 5.4%; compared to a 1.2% positivity rate for men, and a 0.2% positivity rate for women [DHSP, August 2014].
The extreme discrimination and stigma that transgender women face creates a social context that places them at risk for HIV infection. This includes loss of employment and poverty, being denied medical and other services, and being victimized by violence and abuse. A pageant format provides a culturally appropriate and appealing venue in which to educate and empower the community.
What are the Goals of QUEST?
Through QUEST, we seek to empower transgender men and women with information on HIV transmission and prevention. Additionally, we honor and recognize positive role models who advocate for and support the transgender community. QUEST creates a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among transgender men and women.
How can I apply to be a part of QUEST 2018?
All interested applicants must submit the following by October 23, 2017 for committee review. A submitted application does not guarantee a place in the event. Please follow all directions on the application form.
- Complete the Application Form: Quest 2018 – Candidate Application – Due 10.23.2017
- Forms will also be available to pick up at the APAIT office at 1730 w. Olympic Blvd. Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90015
- Si necesita traducción en español, llame al Zulma Velasquez: 213-375-3830 ext. 1808
- Send completed application form to Jaden Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org.