June marks the celebration of Pride Month. This month serves as a reminder that we must continue to uplift individuals with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, both within Canada and abroad. Promoting LGBTQ2S+ rights, which are, in and of themselves, basic human rights, is more important than ever before. LGBTQ2S+ communities globally continue to be denied access to HIV/AIDS health care. This is despite the fact that equitable access to high-quality HIV/AIDS services for all is a key aspect of the right to health, a fundamental human right that is enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The HIV/AIDS epidemic disproportionately impacts the LGBTQ2S+ community. Transwomen are 66 times more likely to acquire HIV, and men with same-sex partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV when compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Despite this inequitable burden, LGBTQ2S+ individuals face significant barriers in accessing HIV/AIDS health-care services. Social and structural factors, such as discriminatory laws, violence, and stigma, inhibit such individuals from seeking HIV/AIDS preventative and diagnostic care, and treatment. In Sub-Saharan Africa, between 10 and 40 per cent of men who have sex with men delay seeking care or completely avoid health care due to fear of stigmatization. In countries that criminalize same-sex relationships, knowledge of HIV status is 11 per cent lower among HIV-positive individuals when compared to countries that do not have such LGBT2S+ criminalization laws. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated such health inequities. With resources being re-allocated to address the pandemic, efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate HIV/AIDS have been disrupted. In addition, the underlying socio-economic drivers which influence the spread of HIV/AIDS, such as poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to education, have been exacerbated as a result of COVID-19. The Canadian government must invest $1.2-billion in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria ahead of the Seventh Replenishment Conference. The Global Fund supports programmes that aim to address HIV/AIDS discrimination against vulnerable groups and strengthen health-care systems. Such investment would align with the Sustainable Development Goals, ICESCR, and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Veda Jain-Allington Toronto, Ont.