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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: 01/16/2021

Transgender student shares distressing experience of MOE blocking her HRT treatment

Using a throwaway account on reddit/r/SGExams, one transgender student recalled her difficult experience in school, specifically with the Ministry of Education (MOE) allegedly interfering her hormone replacement therapy (HRT) treatment that was…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2021

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

Popular rabbi warns followers COVID vaccine ‘could make you gay’

A popular rabbi urged his followers not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, warning them that doing so, it might "turn them" into homosexuals. Rabbi Daniel Asor's assertion goes against decrees issued…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times

UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. GENEVA, 12 January 2021—UNAIDS is concerned that the vilification of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Amid coup chaos, Trump quietly erases LGBTQ protections in adoption, health services

Under the cover of chaos the day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration has officially nixed regulations barring federal grantees in the Department of Health & Human Services…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

First-ever Jamaica transgender strategy looks beyond health

Imagine using a health-care system that has no concept of you as a person, or of your unique needs. Nurses might not ask important questions. Doctors might overlook the solutions you really…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

There’s no shame in being intersex – and that’s beautiful’

For years, parents of intersex babies – babies born with a combination of female and male biological characteristics – were encouraged to get "gender normalising" surgery. But intersex advocates are increasingly speaking…

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Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan – Guyana Trans United

Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan advocate for education on transgender people in Guyana through the organization, Guyana Trans United. “We believe strongly in changing hearts and minds,” said Candacie. In this article,…

ADDED ON: 01/06/2021

Breaking the silence on gender identity in Asia Pacific

For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people, coming out and being accepted is still a long winding road to go. Rights activist Rukhshana Kapali has been fighting for…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Italy’s coronavirus vaccine rollout will forcibly out transgender and non-binary people

Italy’s segregated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine by gender will forcibly out transgender people, campaigners have warned. As part of the EU’s mass vaccination programme, which will make the COVID-19 vaccine available…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Prominent Transgender Activist in Colombia Dies

A prominent transgender activist in Colombia died on Saturday. Laura Weinstein, director of Fundación Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a Personas Trans (GAAT), a trans rights group based in the Colombian capital…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients

Cancer doesn’t discriminate, but the health care system does. That’s the key message behind a new initiative co-developed by a University of the Fraser Valley professor aimed at creating a supportive online…

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