Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.

Gender and Sexual Diversity Training




It’s great that someone was willing to start the conversation. Dialogue is always the beginning of change.
— Participant, Rwanda


The Gender & Sexual Diversity (GSD) training is an innovative and practical resource that helps public health and HIV professionals understand gender and sexual diversity in the context of their country and the world. The training aims to engender empathy for gender and sexual minorities and enthusiasm for responding to their health needs. Originally developed for use by leaders of large global and national HIV programs, the training materials are highly adaptable and can be revised for use with a diverse range of audiences and in a variety of contexts.

Gender and sexual minorities—people whose gender, sexual orientation, or sexual characteristics differ from what is typically expected in culture or society—are mistreated almost everywhere. The GSD training explores how misunderstanding and mistreatment of gender and sexual minorities impacts their health, their basic human rights, their work environment, and the communities in which they live. 

Comprised of four modules and developed in collaboration with key populations, public health professionals, gender and human rights experts, this version of the Health Policy Project’s GSD training helps participants

  • Learn relevant GSD concepts, terms, and policies 
  • Gain knowledge of the health-related needs of gender and sexual minorities
  • Develop appropriate and effective implementing programs by learning how to meaningfully engage with gender and sexual minority beneficiaries
  • Get connected to local and regional GSD resources

For more information on GSD training opportunities and adaptations, please contact the Health Policy Project.

Download the Facilitator’s Guide for Public Health and HIV Programs: Gender & Sexual Diversity Training and Gender and Sexual Diversity Training Slide Deck

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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