• 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: 08/16/2018

Germany has Approved Plans to Legally Recognise a Third Gender

Germany’s government has approved plans to introduce a third gender on official forms. In November, the highest court in the country ruled in favour of an intersex person and ordered the Parliament to legally…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Doctor Chided Over Disdain for LGBTI Community

A doctor who expressed disdain towards members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has received a dressing down from another doctor. Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, professor and dean of medicine…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

‘I Still Have Flashbacks’: the ‘Global Epidemic’ of LGBTI Conversion Therapy

“To get your seeds back from the giant in the clouds,” he says wryly. “They tried to make it fun with sports and activities.” One activity involved each of the 80 men…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Pop Star Ellen Joyce Loo was Trailblazer for Hong Kong’s LGBTI Community and Broke Down Stigma Around Mental Illness

On Sunday, the Hong Kong pop star died from a suspected suicide. Reporter Vivienne Chow looks back on her last meeting with the singer, where she appeared to have come to terms…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Israel PM Netanyahu Fails to Appease the LGBTI Community

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a letter in response to criticism from the LGBTI community who have accused him of discrimination after he backtracked his support to extending surrogacy rights to gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Add LGBTI Questions to Census

As the typically dry process of setting questions for the Census moves further into the political arena, Sen. Kamala Harris is pushing to make sure everyone is counted — by adding a…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2018

Growing Homophobia Will Fuel the HIV Epidemic, Experts Fear

Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother's veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring "female chores"…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2018

40 Senate Dems Call for Rejection of Anti-LGBT Adoption Measure

A group of 40 Senate Democrats led by Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are calling for rejection of an amendment that would penalize states and localities for policies barring taxpayer-funded adoption agencies from…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2018

Adoption Law Spurs Fears of Discrimination Against LGBTI Kids in Foster Care

Opponents of a new Kansas law ensuring that agencies with sincerely held religious beliefs may refuse to place children with gay and lesbian couples say the law could also result in inappropriate…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

Global Human Rights Advocates Say No 2020 AIDS Conference in Trump’s USA

Terrorizing immigrants. Family separations. Detentions. Targeting sex workers and LGBTQ communities. Global Gag Rule. War on people who use drugs. Closed borders. The wall. Police brutality. Racist violence grounded in white supremacy.…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

We Can Treat AIDS with Medicine – But Only Love Will Beat its Insidious Stigma

Aids activism has always been about connecting with people on the margins. Our movement is defined by uplifting those cast aside by society: reaching out with love, connecting them to a supportive…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2018

Israel’s LGBTI Community Calls for Strike Action After Surrogacy Bill Defeat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a legal change on Wednesday that would have given gay men the right to become parents, sparking protests by the nation’s LGBTI community and calls for…

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