• 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: 10/06/2018

Gay, Muslim and Living With HIV

Shamal Waraich, 34, was born in Manchester and grew up in a religious British-Pakistani household. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, and now educates people about what it’s like to be…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2018

LGBT Activist Reportedly “Lynched” in Greece

A Greek LGBT activist died on Saturday, an alleged victim of a lynch mob, but officials say only a full medical investigation will determine a broader picture of how he died. Zak…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

India’s Anti-Gay Law Is History. Next Challenge: Treat LGBTQ Patients With Respect

Two years ago, Shivam Sharma rushed to a Mumbai hospital at 2:30 a.m. He’d had sex earlier that night with a man who was HIV positive. They’d used protection, but Sharma just…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

‘Yes, Our Son is Gay, but We Want Him to Be Happy’

When medical student Rahul Chouhan had told his parents back home in their little village in Ujjain a few years ago that he was gay, they were stunned but supported him anyway.…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Australia’s Justice Michael Kirby Helped India’s First Openly Gay Prince Combat Sex Ban

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, 52, heir to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, is India's openly gay prince. He campaigned tirelessly — often at personal cost — to repeal Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

LGBT-friendly Berlin Mosque Deradicalises Muslim Youth

Tugay Sarac was just 15 when he first talked about travelling from Germany to Syria to fight for Islamic State. But unlike his friends at the time, Sarac had turned to radical…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

British LGBTI Domestic Abuse Victims Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

British LGBTI victims of domestic abuse are almost twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual counterparts, a major survey published on Tuesday revealed. Gay and transgender people attacked by…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Remembering Siddharth Gautam: India’s First LGBT Activist

“History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation and discrimination.” With that, the Supreme Court struck down the draconian law that criminalised sexual activities between two consenting homosexual adults. But the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Pahang Mulls Whipping LGBT Members but Assembly Man Says Niet!

The Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) said it will follow the footsteps of Terengganu and discuss the possibility of imposing whipping sentence as a means to curb against LGBT activities in the state.…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Conversion Therapy Ban Coming to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia will move to ban conversion therapy — a widely discredited and controversial treatment designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Both Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives and the NDP introduced bills Friday at…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

India’s Gay Sex Ban Was a Relic of the British Empire — But It’s Still in Place in Dozens of Ex-colonies

When India’s Supreme Court this week legalized same-sex intercourse between consenting adults, it buried, most likely forever, a 157-year-old law introduced during British colonial rule. The decision was a landmark — not least because…

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