• 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: 04/17/2020

Tanzania is still arresting and persecuting LGBTQ people

When James Wandera Ouma is asked what gives him hope as a gay man living in the east African nation of Tanzania, he can’t think of anything. “There’s no joy,” Ouma says.…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2020

Poland mulls law denouncing sex educators as paedophiles and gay activists

Poland is set to vote on Thursday on a law that would jail people who promote underage sex for up to three years, in a move which liberals said aimed to ban…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2020

Pandemic Hits Sexual and Reproductive Health Efforts Worldwide

Children may be less vulnerable to COVID-19, but the pandemic is disrupting their access to sexual and reproductive health worldwide. Schools are closed, community clinics are shut or reducing services, and some…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2020

The Activists: How ACT UP forever changed patients’ rights, protests and political organizing

SUBMICROSCOPIC INFECTIOUS agents have a way of revealing the worst in us, and the best. That is the story of the AIDS epidemic generally, and in particular of ACT UP — the…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2020

Poland: Reject New Curbs on Abortion, Sex Ed

Poland’s Parliament will consider regressive legislation this week that would restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights and put the lives and well-being of women and adolescents at risk, Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2020

Investigation after gay refugee found dead at U.N. refugee office in Kenya

A gay refugee in Kenya was found dead outside the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) office in Nairobi on Monday in an apparent suicide, Kenyan police and LGBT+ refugees groups said. Police…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2020

LGBT+ group sues Ukraine religious figure linking coronavirus to gay marriage

A Ukrainian LGBT+ group said on Monday it has sued one of the country’s most prominent religious figures over comments blaming the spread of the coronavirus on same-sex marriage, in what the…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

Puerto Rico HIV/AIDS service groups respond to coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has forced HIV/AIDS service organizations and advocacy groups in Puerto Rico to change the way they work. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Regional Director for Puerto Rico Silvana Erbstein on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

Leftover fabric from AIDS Quilt will become coronavirus masks for community workers

Unused fabric from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, a landmark memorial to and celebration of those lost to AIDS, will be repurposed to produce face masks for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

Spain to test if PrEP can prevent COVID-19 infection in medical workers

A new clinical trial is underway in Spain that will assess whether Truvada, a drug commonly used as PrEP for HIV prevention, can stave off COVID-19 infection among medical practitioners seeking to…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

NGO DISTRIBUTES FOOD TO TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IN DELHI AMID LOCKDOWN

The members of Mitr Trust NGO on Saturday distributed food among the transgender community in Delhi amid COVID-19 lockdown. Rudrani Chettri, NGO Director said, “Many people are daily wage workers, they are…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2020

Virginia Enacts LGBT Worker Protections, Standing Out in South

Virginians are now protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill (S.B. 868) that prohibits biased treatment of LGBT people in the…

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