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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: 08/29/2020

Yurok Tribe joins federal lawsuit over data on tribal, LGBTQ foster youth

The Yurok Tribe is one of more than half-a-dozen parties that sued the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families on Thursday over Trump administration rollbacks…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

The activist-led Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) aims to strengthen West African movements for gender diversity and sexual rights. To accomplish that, it takes a flexible approach to grant-making, building a…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

New Zealand: Young queer and trans people face growing housing barriers

RainbowYOUTH homelessness support worker Therese Go says they have seen an increase in referrals from social workers, nurses and school counsellors who are concerned the young Aucklanders they are working with are…

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Tarek Zeidan – Helem, Lebanon

Tarek Zeidan is the executive director of Helem in Lebanon. Tarek tells us about his background as an activist, the origins and current status of Helem, how the LGBTI rights movement has…

ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Beyond ‘he’ and ‘she’: 1 in 4 LGBTQ youths use nonbinary pronouns, survey finds

One in 4 LGBTQ youths use pronouns other than he/him or she/hers, according to a survey released Wednesday by The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization. The survey…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Conversion therapy survivors are turning to TikTok to share their trauma and help other victims

A growing number of conversion therapy survivors are sharing their trauma on TikTok amid growing efforts to outlaw the discredited practice. Nearly 700,000 Americans have undergone conversion therapy, half when under 18,…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Erased From the Trump Administration’s Draft of Key Foreign Aid Policy: Any Mention of LGBT People

The lead U.S. foreign aid agency has proposed a new policy on gender and women’s empowerment that eliminates any mention of transgender people or contraceptives, running counter to its own long-standing practices…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Holland, Michigan adopts anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ, others

After a seven-hour meeting that went into the night and included several hours of impassioned public comment, Holland City Council voted 8-1 early Thursday morning to approve an ordinance protecting LGBTQ individuals,…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2020

Germany plans equal rights for lesbian co-mothers

A German parentage law package close to being submitted to cabinet would give a child born into a lesbian setting two mums, the biological mother and her female partner, German media reported…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2020

Ugandan officials summoned before court over torture of LGBT+ youth

A town mayor and senior prison official in Uganda have been summoned to appear before a criminal court over allegations of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment against a group of LGBT+ youth,…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2020

OVER 60 INCIDENTS OF ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN ASYLUM CENTERS; GOV’T CALLED TO DO SOMETHING

More needs to be done to combat anti-LGBTQ violence in asylum centers in the Netherlands, according to foundation LGBT Asylum Support. The foundation received over 60 reports of discrimination, threats, and violence…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2020

‘The volume has been turned up on everything’: Pandemic places alarming pressure on transgender mental health

The surgery was supposed to be a turning point. Brenda Emery spent a year preparing for the vaginoplasty. To save up for it, she took jobs in food service straight out of…

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