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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: 01/05/2021

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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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

‘Puberty blockers’ were lifesaving for my daughter – all young people deserve a shot at happiness

For most of us, the Bell v Tavistock ruling was just another news story. You may not even know what it was. But for a small group of British families, it meant…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2021

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Veterans Face Elevated Suicide Risks

A new report published December 28 on JAMA Network Open found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) veterans are at greater risk of suicide than the general population. Data from more than…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2021

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo honored for fighting HIV stigma

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo is one of six Ugandans recognized by the International Community of Women Living with HIV / Eastern Africa (ICWEA) for their outstanding role in fighting HIV-related stigma. The…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2021

First Person: Vietnamese man finds ‘true voice’ in gay community

Nguyen Trong Hung opened a café in Son La in northwestern Viet Nam to serve as a meeting place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to offer HIV testing. While…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2020

Polish city funds LGBT shelter despite government hostility

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2020

LA LGBT Center administers its first COVID19 vaccinations

HOLLYWOOD – Doctors and staff clapped after Keith Leach, a Black frontline worker healthcare coworker at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday morning.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2020

Transgender people in China turning to grey market for hormones

"In China, the channel is hidden," he tells Sky News. Buying and administering unapproved drugs is risky. Unscrupulous dealers can substitute safe substances for animal hormones. Transgender people have experienced kidney problems…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2020

How LGBTQ+ members of the South Asian diaspora navigate stigma and stress

When Gurleen Kaur came out as queer to her friends three years ago, she was all too familiar with her family’s expectations—that she marry a man someday. That was still a possibility…

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Dr. Frank Mugisha – Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)

Dr. Frank Mugisha directs Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an organization in Kampala that focuses on providing services and security to LGBTI Ugandans. Earlier this year, Dr Mugisha spearheaded a research project examining…

ADDED ON: 12/26/2020

My intersex husband

Aku finally nailed it. She got married to the love of her life, a 40-year-old man, after two years of courtship without intimacy. As tradition will have it, the lovebirds went naked…

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