• 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: 12/28/2018

Notes From My Time Surveying China’s Gay Community in 1993

In 1993, I was appointed by China’s Ministry of Health to carry out a multi-city survey on the country’s population of men who have sex with men, usually abbreviated MSM. Although I…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2018

I survived conversion therapy as a child. Now, I’m part of the movement to ban it for good.

As a child undergoing conversion therapy in Florida in the early 2000s, I could never have imagined how different this nation would be nearly 20 years later. I could not have fathomed the power…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2018

Gay refugees escape Kakuma’s dangers, reach Nairobi’s squalor

The U.N. refugee agency has moved more than 200 gay refugees from dangers of Kakuma refugee camp to safety in crowded, unsanitary quarters in Nairobi. The O-blog-dee advocacy blog reported on the actions by…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2018

Gay Life in Berlin Is Starting to Echo a Darker Era

Germany has long been lauded for its liberal attitude toward sex. It recently passed laws allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, and just became the first European country to legalize a third…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2018

AIDS council slams Jakim’s ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTs

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has censured a purported revamp of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) outreach (Mukhayyam) programme to rehabilitate LGBT persons. Referring to a recent report by news portal…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

LGBTQ young homeless people often remain invisible when mainstream providers deliver services

Earlier this week, it was revealed that there has been a huge spike in deaths of homeless people sleeping on Britain’s streets. We’re shocked and extremely saddened to hear about the rise…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2018

Apple Removes App Accused of Promoting Conversion Therapy

Truth Wins Out has won its battle to remove an app accused of promoting conversion therapy from the Apple Store. The national LGBTQ group had launched a petition Thursday demanding that Apple remove the…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community. These measures will allow same-sex couples to receive an allowance for…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

India’s lower parliament house passes bill banning same-sex surrogacy

India’s LGBTI community has denounced a new surrogacy bill that would ban same-sex couples from hiring surrogates. The bill limits the practice to infertile couples who have been legally married in India…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Report documents anti-LGBTI extrajudicial killings in Chechnya

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday released a report that documents extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses against LGBTI people in Chechnya. The report, which the OSCE’s Office for…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

Since the Nigerian government passed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA), LGBT Nigerians have continued to suffer many forms of discrimination as well as exclusion from society. Many wallow in…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Death of transgender woman in Malaysia sparks fears of hate crime

The death of a transgender woman in Malaysia has sparked fears of a rise in hate crimes, campaigners said yesterday, as police moved swiftly to detain four suspects in the murder investigation.…

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