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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: 01/15/2020

Russia: Race to the Bottom on Rights

Repression escalated in Russia during 2019 as the government answered rising civic and political activism with bans, repressive laws, and showcase prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Puerto Rico LGBTQ activists join earthquake relief efforts

LGBTQ activists in Puerto Rico are among those who have joined earthquake relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth. A group of volunteers with Waves Ahead, a group based in the Puerto Rican…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

House Democrats to ask ICE to release all transgender immigrants in custody

House Democrats are preparing to ask the Department of Homeland Security to release all transgender immigrants being held at long-term federal immigration facilities. Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois is leading the…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest

Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2020

AIDS, the Catholic Church and LGBT issues today

In the series finale of ‘Plague,’ we look at what’s happening in the church in HIV and AIDS care today and then reflects on comments and questions from listeners about the ongoing…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

Brazil issues new rules, lowers age for gender reassignment surgery

Brazil’s independent medical regulator announced new rules for treating transgender patients on Thursday, including lowering the age when trans people can have gender reassignment surgery to 18 from 21 years old. The…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

Indonesia’s LGBT community fears repercussions after UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’ jailed

When the reports surfaced about Britain's "most prolific rapist" Reynhard Sinaga — an Indonesian national sentenced to life for 150 crimes, including 136 rapes against men — Riko was upset. Riko, who…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

African LGBT refugees plead UN for safe shelter after Kenya camp attacks

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks.…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

Following backlash, Facebook disables misleading HIV medication ads

Facebook has disabled some advertisements about the potential side effects of HIV prevention medication Truvada following complaints that they were misleading and a “harm to public health.” The decision comes less than…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

Section 377 crusader Ashok Row Kavi steps down as Humsafar Trust Chairman

Ashok Row Kavi, the founder Chairperson of Mumbai-based Humsafar Trust has stepped down from his post. The Indian journalist and LGBT rights activist had founded the Trust in 1994. It provides counselling,…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2020

Pakistan to provide free healthcare for trans people

Pakistan has extended a government health insurance scheme to transgender people for the first time, in a move aimed at ending discrimination in access to care, an official said. All transgender people…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2020

Uruguay, the most LGBT-friendly country in Latin America

Uruguay is ranked 18th in the world in the LGBT + Danger Index ranking that evaluates the friendliest and most dangerous destinations for the lesbian, bisexual and transgender gay community, LGBT. Sweden…

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