• 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: 08/21/2022

CNA Explains: The history of 377A and how some countries have repealed it

A controversial law that criminalises sex between men in Singapore has been thrust into the spotlight again, amid an ongoing government review which seeks to find the best way forward on Section…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2022

After years of progress on gay rights, how did the US become so anti-LGBTQ+?

In 2019, the Atlantic ran an opinion piece titled “The struggle for gay rights is over”. Written by the rightwing academic James Kirchick, the piece was obviously meant as a provocation, but…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2022

Some LGBTQ Afghans Are Finally Safe. Thousands Are Not.

It was “so hard” to leave his family in Afghanistan, Talha told The Daily Beast. Then he began crying, recalling the desperate dash to get out of the country, and saying goodbye…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2022

Vietnam Adopts Global LGBT Health Standard

Vietnam’s Health Ministry officially confirmed on August 3, 2022, that same-sex attraction and being transgender are not mental health conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. The decision brings Vietnam’s health policy in…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Churches in East Africa can help to change attitudes to LGBT rights, says charity

Churches in East Africa have a necessary part to play in changing attitudes and policies concerning LGBTIQ+ rights, the international charity the Arcus Foundation has said. Last week, at the Lambeth Conference,…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights

Vietnam last week took a major step forward in the recognition of LGBTQ rights, with the country’s Ministry of Health stating that being gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease and…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Activists urge UN to move climate conference from Egypt over LGBT rights concerns

A White House adviser and his partner have called on the United Nations to move a key climate change summit from Egypt due to the country’s treatment of LGBTQ people, citing fears…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2022

Drugmaker Gilead to help fund monkeypox education for LGBTQ+ groups

Aug 9 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) plans to announce on Tuesday that it will provide up to $5 million in grants to help a coalition of LGBTQ+ and human rights advocacy…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2022

Seychelles president welcomes LGBTI activists

The LGBTI community in the island nation of Seychelles has achieved a new level of social and political recognition. Evidence of that achievement came on July 21, when President Wavel Ramkalawan met…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2022

Uganda suspends operations of charity championing LGBT rights

The Ugandan government has suspended the operations of a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, accusing it of working in the East African country illegally, according…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2022

Queer Iraqis alarmed over proposed law banning homosexuality

Iraqi queer activists are raising alarms over a proposal to criminalise homosexuality in the Middle Eastern country. Although no law currently criminalises homosexuality directly in Iraq, authorities frequently use laws against immodesty…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2022

Romania Could Pass Russian-Style Anti-Gay “Propaganda” Law

The Romanian Senate recently passed a bill that would classify the dissemination of LGBTQ-related information as “propaganda,” following the lead of Russia and Hungary and continuing a trend of attacking civil liberties…

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