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  • 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: 02/22/2020

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Jules Franckrin Kouamé Kouadio, ironworker by trade, was beaten up by members of his family after presenting his lover on his 35th birthday. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at Plateau-Dokui, Jules Franckrin Kouamé…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Australian state mulls nation’s first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

An Australian state is considering the nation’s first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked division more than two years after the country legalised same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2020

China HIV patients risk running out of AIDS drugs in days – UNAIDS

HIV patients in China risk running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because quarantines and lockdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus disease outbreak mean they cannot replenish vital medicine stocks, United Nations AIDS…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2020

Indonesia could force LGBT people into rehabilitation under draft ‘family resilience’ law

A proposed bill to be considered by Indonesian Parliament would compel people with "deviant" sexual persuasions to undergo "rehabilitation". The so-called Family Resilience Bill, which covers many aspects of family life in…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2020

African countries must scrap outdated laws and fully legalise same-sex relations

Sixty-eight countries around the world continue to criminalise same-sex relations. Almost half of them are based in Africa, comprising more than half the continent. These laws are grossly outdated. In effect they…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2020

As Australia looks to act on LGBT conversion practices, survivors and religious groups speak out

Raised in an ultra-conservative Anglican family, transgender woman Roe Johnson says she spent her childhood being told she was broken. The 49-year-old from Melbourne says she lived an ideology of repression and…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Indonesians Are Turning To Exorcisms to ‘Cure’ Members of the LGBTQ Community

After evening prayer at the mosque, 33-year-old Syifa’s* parents asked her to lie down on a prayer rug. As they recited verses from the Quran, Syifa tried her best to contain her…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2020

Who should decide when a child can change gender?

It was a case that tore a family apart – and exposed the faultlines in an increasingly bitter global row over the rights of a child to define their own gender. The…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2020

Man charged with the murder of gay journalist and activist Lyra McKee

Northern Ireland police have charged a 52-year-old man in connection with the murder of gay journalist Lyra McKee. McKee, 29, was shot dead while reporting on riots in Londonderry, April 18, 2019,…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2020

South Dakota Senate Committee kills controversial gender-change bill

In a 5-2 vote on Monday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to kill a bill that aimed to ban gender-change treatments for youth under 16. The ACLU of South…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2020

National firestorm on horizon as states consider criminalizing transgender treatments for youths

Rep. Fred Deutsch, sponsor of the South Dakota's HB 1057, said he introduced the bill Jan. 14 to prevent doctors from pushing children to change their bodies. “Every child in South Dakota…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Guyana gay-rights manifesto: Seeking support from political parties

Gay rights advocates in Guyana have compiled a manifesto aimed at persuading Guyanese political parties to embrace measures to end repression of the LGBT community. News Room Guyana reported on the proposals…

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