Our People Our Purpose Campaign

Over the past twenty years opioid-related deaths have quadrupled, with approximately 91 people dying every day from overdosing. While opioid use has become a public health concern for all Americans, it is especially so for members of the lgbtq+ community. Due to the greater prevalence of discrimination or violence that members of the lgbtq+ community face, they are more likely to use alcohol and drugs to help cope with stress. Data from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 9% of all lgbt+ adults 18 or older, reported misuse of prescription opioids or heroin use, compared to 3.8% of heterosexual adults.on October 9th.

Similarly, communities of color, especially black communities, are disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic, although this is often overlooked due to stigmas that surround opioids. Opioid substance use is often associated with prescription pills and white suburbia, whereas drug use among blacks is often associated with crack. This mis-association has had a devastating effect on communities of color, because it implies that they are somehow isolated from the effects of opioids, while the exact opposite is true. Between 2014 and 2017, synthetic opioid-related deaths alone increased by 818% and in 2017 accounted for 43% of all drug-related deaths in black and brown communities.

Our People Our Purpose

The data clearly shows that opioid use is a problem not only within communities of color, but it disproportionately affects lgbtq+ communities as well, which is why the National Trans Visibility March is launching the “Our People Our Purpose” Campaign to raise awareness of how the opioid epidemic affects our community. Even within the lgbtq+ community, there is a lack of knowledge of just how devastating this epidemic has been on our community.

While there is growing knowledge and awareness about the increasing prevalence of crystal meth within the lgbtq+ community, what isn’t known is the research showing that crystal meth (Tina) use often stems from the misuse of prescription opioids. By sharing the stories of those affected by opioids and other drug use, the Our People Our Purpose Campaign hopes to educate and empower our community to create a space where people feel safe to seek help, speak about their lived experiences, and effect positive change.


Blue Box - OPOP Tool Kit


No Lives Left Behind: Healthcare
August 24, 2021

Blue Box - Community Adviory Board



Monroe Alise


Aurora Lloyd


Jacen Zhu Garçon


Taylor Lianne Chandler


Andrew Crawford

Will Sullivan

Regina Livingston

Blue Box - Safety Inititative


We will host a series of conversations with specialists and members of the trans community. Following the conversations, there will be follow-ups as these discussions will lead to an action plan that will include each of the listed topics.

Healthcare, August 24, 7-8PM ET

How do we talk safety and not bring up care? 32% of trans people of color have no health insurance coverage! 29% of trans people have been denied care and or treatment due to their gender identity. How can we talk safety and not talk care? Join Dee Dee Watters and her special guests as they talk safety in healthcare from the eyes of a trans person.

Policy, August 25, 7-8PM ET

In 2021 there were over 80 anti-transgender bills introduced in the 2021 state legislative session and in 2020 there were 79 even during a pandemic the murders increased! 

Politics and policy play a huge part in the safety of trans lives join us as we discuss how policy affects us.

Awareness, Accessible Resources, September 22, 7-8PM ET

We must continue to build bridges and raise awareness not only in the trans and non-binary community, but also with civil rights movements, LGBTQA+ organizations, politicians, and businesses whose issues are aligned with our communities. We must become active in the process and make sure our issues are front and center and resources are made available to our community.

Closing Discussion: I'm a Survivor, October 5, 7-8PM ET

After reviewing our previous conversations now, what’s next? What’s next in healthcare?

What’s next with policy? What’s next for our safety as trans bodies on this planet called earth?