• 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: 08/12/2020

Gay Russian shares terrifying ordeal of being hospitalised by his own family, drugged and tortured

Speaking to Open Democracy, Egor Panin recalled being outed by his mother at the age of 17 when she read his conversations on the social media platform VKontakte. Soon after this the…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2020

LGBT+ survivors in Beirut coping with horrific injuries, homelessness and food shortages

LGBT+ people in Beirut have been left with horrific injuries and damaged or destroyed homes after the explosion a week ago. The blast at the docks on 4 August destroyed a huge…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2020

Beirut explosion nearly destroys LGBTQ group’s offices

A massive explosion that killed more than 200 people in Beirut on Aug. 4 nearly destroyed the offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy group. Helem’s offices are located less than a mile…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2020

JAKIM SAYS THEIR TRANSGENDER CONVERSION CAMP IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

If you’ve spent enough time online, you may have come across several posts about things you can change in Malaysia. One of such posts that you may have come across is this…"Minister…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2020

Gay Russian influencer Egor Gromov found murdered in friend’s home

Russian influencer Ali Zabirov, who went by the name of Egor Gromov, has been found murdered in a friend’s house, he was only 23 years old. Egor regularly received homophobic abuse from…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2020

Scuffles with police in Poland as protesters try to block arrest of LGBT activist

Protesters in Poland scuffled with police as they tried to stop the arrest of a gay rights activist on Friday in the city of Warsaw. The activist, is known officially in court…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2020

Thailand: Gender recognition bill set to be tabled

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will table its gender recognition bill for consideration by parliament in October amid concerns it will leave behind those who do not fall into…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2020

Taiwan gets on its bike to showcase how it is a beacon for LGBT+ rights

Taiwan’s LGBT+ community is celebrating their status as a beacon for LGBT+ rights in Asia by launching a charity bike ride. The first Asia Rainbow Ride is possible because the country has…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2020

Nigerian’s first lesbian love story goes online to beat film censors

Two naked women lie in bed, stroking each other's hair and talking about coming out to their parents in Nigeria, where they could be jailed for 14 years for having a lesbian…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2020

Relief eludes transgender gharanas of Bhopal

Their income has dried up due to COVID-19 restrictions. “They came for men and women but not us,” lamented Devi Singh, 30, from the Mangalwara gharana [family] of Bhopal’s transgender community. Sitting…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2020

In America’s summer of discontent, a transgender doctor becomes a flashpoint

In Johannesburg, three decades ago, the homophobes were out in force: bible-thumpers trying to save our souls; right-wingers with their AWB swastikas. Last week, too, there were missionaries galore, with bibles and…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2020

Italy is one step closer to protecting LGBT+ people with a new bill, if the far-right doesn’t tear it down first

Although Italy approved same-sex civil unions in 2016, the country still lags behind other European countries in enacting measures against homotransphobia. In fact, 24 years after then-MP Nichi Vendola first proposed an…

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