• 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: 06/24/2020

LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

In a letter issued June 20 to coincide with World Refugee Day, Craig Paris, the executive director of the Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) condemned “the violent attacks on queer refugees…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2020

A lonely and dangerous lockdown for LGBTQ Indians

In conservative India, many in the LGBTQ community hide their real selves. But being stuck inside with their families for months in the coronavirus lockdown has made this hard to keep up…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2020

‘Mama Dragons’, protecting LGBT+ Mormon kids in Utah

A fierce group of Mormon mothers who call themselves the “Mama Dragons” are on a mission to protect LGBT+ kids in Utah, where suicide among young church members is becoming a crisis.…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

Death of trans doctor in Mexico sparks new fears over LGBT+ violence

Mexican authorities said on Friday they were investigating the death of a leading transgender health advocate whose body was found dumped by a motorway, reigniting fears over the safety of trans people…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

LGBT refugees find a haven in Kenya despite persecution

When he was attacked by a mob for being gay, Martin Okello said the kicks and blows from his assailants came so fast that he couldn’t stop them or flee. He passed…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

Gay Rights and Trans Rights Are Indivisible. SCOTUS Just Showed Why.

Since the start of the modern LGBT movement in the 1960s, some members of the community have questioned the degree of common interest between lesbian, gay, and bisexual people on the one…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

TV exposé from Iran targets LGBTQ safe houses in Iraq

The Iranian state-run news channel Al-Alam released a 22-minute television program labeling the Iraqi organization IraQueer and its network of LGBTQ safe houses as agents of a United States “cultural crusade.” An…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

LGBTQI+ youth still have a long way to go to be truly free in South Africa

This Youth Day, as much as we look back on that iconic moment in South Africa's history that was the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where young men and women defied the apartheid system…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed. On a visit to Senegal in…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2020

Swiss women stage a mass scream to protest gender pay gap, domestic and anti-LGBT violence

Women across Switzerland have staged a mass screaming protest as part of demands for equal treatment and an end to violence at the hands of men. On Sunday (local time), thousands of…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2020

Health Care Advocates Push Back Against Trump’s Erasure of Transgender Rights

Health advocates representing American hospitals, medical groups, insurers and civil rights associations condemned the Trump administration on Saturday for rolling back protections for transgender patients, and for doing so amid a global…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2020

Some of the Best Movies About Racism in America

We’ve been asked by friends, family, and readers to recommend movies about systemic racism, police brutality, and civic unrest that can help contextualize the current Black Lives Matter movement. After much consideration,…

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