• 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: 05/02/2020

Pope Francis just threw his support behind a small community of Italian transgender sex workers

Sex workers, particularly those who are undocumented, have been badly hit by the pandemic as many are unable to work or claim benefits. This was the case for a group of trans…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Groups Express Grave Concern about the Commission on Unalienable Rights

As human rights organizations, scholars, defenders and activists, we the 167 undersigned, write to express our grave concern about the work of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and any…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2020

LGBT+ ‘gaymers’ in Mexico escape coronavirus lockdown with virtual football tournament

Confined at home by the new coronavirus, and often in the closet too, LGBT+ football fans in Mexico will get a rare chance to kick a ball about and make friends online…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2020

Gay in Nigeria: The Stark Reality For LGBT People In The West Africa Country

Michael Ighodaro was attacked by homophobes in his home city of Abuja when he was waiting for a taxi outside his friend's home. His attackers stormed up behind the LGBT activist, hurled…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

Grindr witch-hunt sparks fresh call to make gay sex legal in Morocco

Morocco is facing fresh demands to decriminalize gay sex after women started outing gay and bi men using dating apps. As GSN reported last week, a Moroccan expat living in Turkey called…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

How Iran’s anti-LGBT policies put transgender people at risk

Despite repressive laws against homosexuality, gender reassignment surgery remains legal in Iran. But Iranians who seek sex-change operations are faced with a harsh approval process and a high risk of botched surgeries.…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

LGBT community living in fear of attacks in Kenyan refugee camp

Eva Nabagala hoped she and her young son would be safe from her family when they fled Uganda for a Kenyan refugee camp - but instead, the 28-year-old says she was attacked…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2020

COVID-19: LGBTQ community kept in closet by public health officials

Everyone knows I’m queer. Except one group of colleagues. Ironically, they’re the ones from my own field — public health professionals. I work for the National LGBT Cancer Network, a CDC-funded, LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2020

Dozens of Gay Men Are Outed in Morocco as Photos Are Spread Online

At least 50 to 100 gay men were outed in Morocco over the last two weeks, rights activists say, after the men were identified on location-based meeting apps while sheltering at home…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Lockdown, religion, migrant, survival, and more

The good thing about this Chinese virus is that it has knocked the stuffing out of religion. Where are monotheism, polytheism, in fact theism itself? What about God, Jehovah, Allah and the…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2020

Amid Pandemic, Trump is About to Roll Back Protections for LGBT Patients

President Donald Trump’s administration appears to be just days away from rolling back an Obama-era policy prohibiting discrimination against LGBT patients. Politico reports: The health department is close to finalizing its long-developing…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2020

Books with LGBT+ themes are ‘most challenged’ in U.S.

Books with gay and transgender topics got a record number of objections at U.S. libraries and schools in 2019, said research on Monday showing growing protests over LGBT+ themed literature. Eight of…

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