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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: 12/06/2020

LGBT+ groups see surge in calls after UK court ruling on trans teens

British LGBT+ groups have received a surge in calls and emails from transgender children and their parents following a court ruling this week that will force doctors to get a judge’s approval…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2020

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Censures Jamaica for Violating the Rights of LGBTI Citizens

DECEMBER 1, 2020: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has issued a scathing report declaring that Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act violates several of the individual rights protected by the…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2020

Battered but unbowed by coronavirus, Tokyo’s gay district forges stronger ties

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Toshitsune Tamashiro was young and closeted in 1980s Japan, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district was a haven. Now he runs a bar there, and has fought to keep…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

Government apologises to transgender people forced to accept sterilisation

The Dutch government has apologised to hundreds of transgender people who were forced to accept being sterilised and to undergo body modification and take hormones if they wanted to change their gender…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2020

Conservative MP pushes health minister to end limits on blood donations from gay men

Eric Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP, laced into the federal health minister Thursday over the Liberals failure to end a ban on gay men donating blood. In a heated and…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Trump’s ban on transgender troops hurts military, former top service physicians say

The Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops has harmed the military’s ability to protect the nation, according to former military surgeons general. Three top former military health leaders were co-authors of a…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

This Digital Posada Is All About Helping The LGBTQ Migrant Community, Who Face A Uniquely Challenging Reality

With homosexuality still illegal in more than 60 countries around the world and attitudes towards transgendered people often even less welcoming, it’s obvious why so many people risk their lives to migrate…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2020

The brutal institutions ‘transforming’ China’s LGBT, nonconformist youth

In March 2018, when Huang Xiaodi turned 17, her family told her to return home to Jiangyin, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, so they could throw a birthday party for her. But…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2020

Native American LGBT+ youth are at a terrifyingly high risk of suicide: ‘There’s an urgent need to de-colonise systems’

New research from the Trevor Project shows that LGBT+ youth from American Indian and Alaskan Native backgrounds are 2.5 times more likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year, compared…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2020

Federal appeals court strikes down ‘conversion therapy’ bans in Florida

A divided federal appeals court Friday struck down measures passed in Palm Beach County and the city of Boca Raton that blocked the controversial practice known as “conversion therapy,” saying the prohibitions…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2020

Intersex lesbian born with testicles and a vagina insists ‘people like me are not freaks’

Courtney Skaggs, 29, is genetically male but was also born with a clitoris. However, her body rejected its male hormones and she now lives as an 'intersex femme' following the invasive surgery…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2020

Trump Judges Strike Down Bans On LGBTQ ‘Conversion Therapy’

A federal appeals court struck down Friday local ordinances prohibiting licensed therapists from engaging in "conversion therapy" practices that aim to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity—despite widespread consensus among…

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