• 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: 01/30/2020

Indonesia: Rejecting homophobic pseudoscience

Sensational headlines, clickbait articles and pseudoscience cannot be tolerated when they promote fear and hatred. Many in the media, including writers and editors, use these techniques to inflame prejudice against homosexuality and…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

South Dakota Lawmakers Just Voted to Send Doctors to Jail for Helping Trans Kids

After hours of heated (and often comically inaccurate) debate, South Dakota’s House of Representatives on Wednesday became the first in the country to greenlight a bill that prohibits gender-affirming medical care for…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Amnesty International urges Korea to take action on LGBT rights

Amnesty International on Thursday expressed concerns about the rights of sexual minorities in South Korea in its yearly human rights report, calling on the government and parliament to improve the situation. In…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2020

A GOP lawmaker, the son of an Auschwitz survivor, compared doctors treating transgender children to Nazis

The South Dakota legislature is considering the nation’s first law that could send doctors to jail for treating transgender youths younger than 16 with hormone therapy or surgery, and the fight over…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2020

Queensland religious groups fight move to make gay conversion therapy a crime

Religious schools and organisations are fighting a move by the Queensland government to make LGBT-related conversion therapy a crime in the state. In late November, the Queensland government introduced legislation that would,…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2020

Denver school board votes to require gender neutral bathrooms in all public schools

A new school board for Denver Public Schools unanimously passed a resolution in its first meeting requiring all district schools to have at least one all-gender bathroom. The board has also made…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2020

Scandal overshadows Peru election’s focus on gender equality

Scandals involving domestic violence and marital infidelity have overshadowed the campaign to elect a new congress in Peru, in which gender equality and women’s rights have been key issues. Peruvians will elect…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2020

Dozens of anti-LGBTQ state bills already proposed in 2020, advocates warn

Like most high school students, Aerin Geary does not typically pay attention to state legislation. However, the South Dakota teenager has been closely following House Bill 1057, a Republican proposal that would…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations, stipulating that same-sex couples may not adopt children from Russia. The countries finalized two agreements, one on adoption…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

Ecuador’s LGBT+ community seen suffering deadliest year in a decade

Last year was the deadliest in at least a decade for gay and transgender people in Ecuador, campaigners have said, citing a possible backlash against new laws enshrining LGBT+ rights. There were…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2020

Human Rights in the South Caucasus: 2019 victories and losses

The Human Rights Watch report states that Azerbaijani authorities continue to exact tight control over the political system and persecute critics. There was at least one known police operation where they detained…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2020

UK Reports Massive Decline In HIV Rates

The British government has reported a massive decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV since 2012. According to figures released by Public Health England, new infections among gay and bisexual…

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