• 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: 05/09/2020

Aimee Stephens, transgender woman at center of pending landmark Supreme Court case, is in hospice care

Aimee Stephens made national headlines when she said she was fired from her job at metro Detroit-based GR & RG Funeral Homes in 2013 after coming out as a transgender woman. Stephens…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2020

Activists call on Tinley Park to show support for gay rights in Polish Sister City

Activists in Europe are calling on Tinley Park residents and village officials to show support for gay rights in a Sister City community in Poland. European rights groups want Tinley Park and…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2020

Korean media’s focus on ‘gay’ club in COVID-19 case further stigmatizes LGBT people

A 29-year-old man living in Yongin tested positive for COVID-19. He went clubbing in Itaewon, a party district in Seoul, when he had no symptoms, exposing at least 1,500 people to the…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2020

Minister defends Germany’s limited gay therapy ban

Germany’s ban on so-called gay conversion therapies needs to be robust enough to withstand court challenges, Health Minister Jens Spahn said in response to criticism that his proposed law would not protect…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians

Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to "save" her from being transgender -- a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia's LGBT community if a controversial new…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

One in three trans people targeted for ‘conversion therapy’ in Colombia

One in five LGBT+ people have undergone “conversion therapy” to make them straight in Colombia, rising to one in three trans people, researchers said on Wednesday, amid global moves to ban the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2020

Kenya LGBT refugee protest ends with tear gas and batons

Police attempted to disband a protest of about 60 LGBT refugees outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's office in Kakuma, Kenya at the end of last week. Some of the…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2020

LAWS ALLOWING LEGAL GENDER CHANGE WITHOUT SURGERY INTRODUCED IN AUSTRALIAN STATE OF VICTORIA

New laws have come into effect in the Australian state of Victoria that now allow trans and gender diverse Victorians to alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate without having to…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

In Ganjam’s quarantine centres, no separate provision for the transgender community

Due to the lack of separate arrangements for transgender persons at a quarantine centre, Prasant*, an 18-year-old transgender person, had to spend a 14-day quarantine period, till April 29, with a group…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2020

Turkey: Criminal Case for Opposing Homophobic Speech

The Ankara Prosecutor’s office in Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into the Ankara Bar Association after it filed a complaint against the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate for a homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2020

Trans woman sets herself on fire in Georgia as virus lockdown cuts income

A transgender woman set herself on fire in Georgia to highlight the plight of trans sex workers with no income during the coronavirus lockdown, LGBT+ groups said on Friday as they called…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Brazil’s president accuses World Health Organization of turning kids gay

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of trying to turn children gay in a series of bizarre claims on Facebook. He later deleted the post. Like the Brazilian…

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