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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: 04/10/2021

Germany bans surgery on intersex infants

Last month, German lawmakers voted to ban unnecessary surgeries on babies born with intersex characteristics. The legislation was officially adopted on March 25. While it makes Germany only the third country to…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Intersex Kids Are Getting Caught in the GOP’s War on Trans Health Care

Republicans across the country have spent the better part of 2021 trying to cut off transgender children’s access to gender-affirming health care. Some have falsely compared it to child abuse, "genital mutilation,"…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Malaysia pushes for Sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

On Tuesday (6 April) the Malaysian government announced plans to move forward with an amendment to the Sharia Courts Act that would allow heavier punishments to be imposed on the LGBT+ community.…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

The Guatemalan asylum seeker who created a refuge for gay and transgender migrants on the US border

Kissing his partner goodbye on a normal day before heading to work changed the life of 32-year-old Estuardo Cifuentes forever. It was mid-2019 when he stepped out of his front door in…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

New HIV vaccine ‘based on Moderna’s COVID jab’ shows huge promise after first human trials

A new vaccine has shown huge promise in the fight against HIV with the treatment successfully stimulating the production of antibodies in human trials. The novel vaccine stimulated the production of rare…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

How a Black, Gay Refugee Created a Community For Queer Asylum Seekers

In 2014, Nigeria passed a law providing penalties of up to 14 years in prison for couples that enter into a same-sex union, and up to 10 years for those who support…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2021

California Stalls Bill Banning Intersex Surgery For Children

First-of-its-kind California legislation to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children stalled Monday for the third straight year in the same committee, with the author saying that proposed amendments would have…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2021

Transgender immigrants find a safe place in Portugal

Lisbon’s immigrant community already face discrimination in all areas of life – from work to housing: amid the pandemic some now face eviction after falling behind on their rent. But the residents…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2021

Dr. Rachel Levine defends trans youth who are losing healthcare in GOP-led states

Dr. Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender person to be confirmed to a federal position by the United States Senate, is speaking out on the effort by state lawmakers to take away…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2021

Study could end blood donor restrictions on gay and bisexual men

A new study funded by the Food and Drug Administration is seeking to develop donor screening questions to determine risk of transmission of blood-borne diseases, in the hope of eventually eliminating the…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2021

Elite Nursing School to Offer Certification in Trans Health Care

The Columbia School of Nursing in New York is ready to offer a new certificate to its students, one that’s the first of its kind. The Certificate in Professional Achievement in Transgender/Gender…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2021

Germany bans surgeries on intersex babies, but loopholes feared

Germany has banned unnecessary surgeries on babies who are born intersex, neither clearly male or female, but critics warned on Friday that the new law could easily be sidestepped by doctors and…

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