The Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Training is a practical and a strategic resource that helps persons, more specifically public health professional in HIV/AIDS, understand gender and sexual diversity. It is simplified to suit our country’s (Uganda) context. Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) training for health workers was a USAID and PEPFAR Initiative to engender empathy for Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) and to build enthusiasm for responding to health needs of GSM communities in the context of HIV prevention programming. The training aims to guide, plan and implement country programs, at the same time address needs of the GSM. It is an innovative and practical resource that helps public health and HIV professionals to understand gender and sexual diversity in the context of their country and over a world span. GSD training was originally developed for use by leaders of large global and national HIV programs. However, the training materials have been highly adapted and revised for use with a diverse range of audiences and in a variety of contexts.
In Uganda, Transgender people complain first of the legal restrictions which even do not recognize their gender identity. These in most cases hinder their access to basic services especially public health where most public workers are completely ignorant about their unique nature and the special attention that they require. These limitations have made LGBTI persons extremely vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. These trainings have been important in helping to bring healthcare services closer to Gender and Sexual Minorities while incorporating their special needs.