• 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: 04/03/2019

Brunei’s new anti-LGBT+ laws condemned as ‘inhuman’ and ‘draconian’ by UN

A move by Brunei to punish gay sex by stoning to death has been condemned as “inhuman” by the UN. The new penal code is due to be implemented on Wednesday and…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Uganda: Queer-themed magazine focuses on mental health

The new 52-page magazine is focused on mental health and intimate-partner violence within the sex worker and LGBTQ communities. Copies are been widely distributed across the country by the organization’s volunteers. Ugandan…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

LGBTI migrants struggle to survive along Guatemala-Mexico border

Gaudy Coutiño Valladares works for the Guatemalan Red Cross in Tecún Umán, a small city in the country’s San Marcos department that is across the Suchiate River from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2019

Brunei urged to halt introduction of strict new anti-LGBT+ laws

Brunei must rowback on plans to implement changes to its penal code next month that could see LGBT+ people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity, human rights groups said on…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

Puerto Rico to ban gay conversion therapy for minors

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló said he will sign an executive order banning so-called gay conversion therapy on minors. Rosselló announced the decision on Wednesday (March 20), days after a bill on…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Loud and proud at Arab summit

Luxembourg’s openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, has boldly condemned Arab countries’ conduct towards LGBT individuals – much to their dismay. Leaders from Arab countries were taken aback by his statements at…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Lebanon’s LGBT community is often denied healthcare, and it’s not OK

With absent or inadequate sex education in school curricula, Lebanese youth are pushed to learn about sex from unreliable sources, with all the risks it entails. The issue is all the more…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

Multiple Birmingham Schools Refuse to Teach LGBTI and Diversity Lessons After Parents Protest

Another four schools in Birmingham have reportedly halted lessons on diversity and LGBT issues following complaints by parents. In a letter quoted by the BBC, Leigh Trust said it was suspending the No Outsiders project,…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

A Chinese Dating App for Gay Men Is Helping Them Have Kids, Too

The urge to have a child hit Geng Le hard after age 35. A former cop from China’s Hebei province, he’d launched a gay dating app called Blued a couple of years earlier,…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

Japan Urged to Stop Requiring Transgender People to be Sterilised

Human Rights Watch has urged Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilised to have their gender changed on official documents. A 2004 law says people wishing to register a gender…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

American Transgender ‘Woman’ Named ‘Miss International Queen’

American contestant Jazell Barbie Royale was crowned “Miss International Queen” in Thailand on Friday at a beauty pageant for transgender women, becoming the first person of colour to win the competition since…

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ADDED ON: 03/06/2019

London HIV Patient Becomes World’s Second AIDS Cure Hope

An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, his doctors…

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