• Health and Well Being

    Globally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people live at greater risk for a number of health problems, notably HIV/​AIDS, nonconsensual surgery, and barriers to transitional healthcare. Many LGBTI people struggle to get by with little support from their families or communities. These people are also more likely to be homeless, to suffer from substance addiction, and to experience mental illness. Stigma and discrimination against ​LGBTI people in general also prevents many from accessing vital services. Transgender people often put off visiting a doctor, even when they have serious health concerns, because they fear mistreatment. Intersex people are regularly subjected to unnecessary, nonconsensual surgery or hormonal intervention

ADDED ON: 04/06/2020

Coronavirus: Bolsonaro fasts and prays for “Brazil’s liberation from epidemics”

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus, Brazilian President Gerard Bolsonaro said Sunday was a day of prayer and fasting, and encouraged citizens to ask God to “save Brazil from this evil.”…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2020

Coronavirus pandemic a perfect storm for LGBTQ homeless youth

Finding a secure place to live has not been easy for Nez Marquez, 23, who has experienced homelessness for the past five years. Born in Mexico and raised in New York, he…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2020

New Ugandan rules allow HIV care during lockdown

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has issued guidelines about how vital HIV/AIDS services can continue with minimal disruption during the current 14-day countrywide Covid-19 lockdown. The guidelines, covering a wide range of health…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2020

Coronavirus: LGBT+ charity says young people should ‘pause’ coming out in lockdown

LGBT+ young people should "hit pause" on coming out while self-isolating with their families during the coronavirus pandemic, a UK charity has advised. The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a UK charity that…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2020

LGBT Migrants Are Vulnerable to Coronavirus, But Our Community Can Help

Our LGBT communities are impacted in various ways by the global Coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are lucky enough to have a safe place to stay, while others must put themselves at…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2020

The controversial story of the Sacramento Slavic church linked to 71 coronavirus infections

Bethany Slavic Missionary Church doesn’t shy away from controversy. The giant Pentecostal church near Rancho Cordova, one of the cornerstones of the Sacramento area’s Eastern European immigrant community, injected itself into a…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2020

Queer artists will help us survive COVID-19

Recently, I’ve been transfixed by Larry Kramer’s gut-wrenching play “The Normal Heart.” Why am I so obsessed with Kramer’s work now? Because art is as vital as air in this time of…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2020

India: LGBT is the hardest hit group in these coronavirus times

The one group of people which is always gets excluded from discussion on any subject of national importance is LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The impact of coronavirus has not…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2020

Supreme Court scraps April calendar, delays major cases amid pandemic

Citing the ongoing coronavirus public health crisis, the US Supreme Court on Friday cleared its calendar for April, extending an already historic delay of major legal cases, several of which have big…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2020

Panama’s Gender-Based Quarantine Ensnares Trans Woman

When Panama announced it would implement a gender-based quarantine schedule in response to COVID-19, transgender activists were alarmed. And with reason: on April 1, police detained a transgender woman alleging that she…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2020

U.S. eases ban on gay blood donors amid coronavirus

The United States eased its policy on gay and bisexual men donating blood on Thursday due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA),…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2020

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for ‘attack’ on trans people over sex on IDs

European Union (EU) lawmakers on Thursday criticized Hungary for trying to ban transgender people from changing their sex on some official documents as a “deliberate” attack on the community. The ruling Fidesz…

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