• 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: 04/04/2020

Panama’s Gender-Based Quarantine Ensnares Trans Woman

When Panama announced it would implement a gender-based quarantine schedule in response to COVID-19, transgender activists were alarmed. And with reason: on April 1, police detained a transgender woman alleging that she…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2020

U.S. eases ban on gay blood donors amid coronavirus

The United States eased its policy on gay and bisexual men donating blood on Thursday due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA),…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2020

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for ‘attack’ on trans people over sex on IDs

European Union (EU) lawmakers on Thursday criticized Hungary for trying to ban transgender people from changing their sex on some official documents as a “deliberate” attack on the community. The ruling Fidesz…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2020

Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

As coronavirus sweeps the world, many people living with HIV are asking whether their status counts as an underlying condition and makes them more at risk. Many HIV-positive people in countries such…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2020

Ugandan police accused of abusing lockdown laws after LGBT arrests

Police in Uganda have charged 20 LGBT people with disobeying rules on physical distancing and risking the spread of coronavirus, in what campaigners say is a clear case of authorities in parts…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2020

Viktor Orban moves against Hungarian trans rights holding power

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has moved to seize long-standing rights as one of the first things he will do after receiving new autocratic power. On Monday, the Hungarian parliament voted to…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2020

ANNOUNCING AIDS 2020: VIRTUAL

The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), to be held on 6-10 July 2020, will…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2020

Ugandan fear of Covid-19 leads to 23 arrests at LGBT shelter

Uganda police charged the 23 LGBT Ugandans with disobeying a presidential directive against large meetings, aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. The March 29 raid by police…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2020

Tributes pour in for pioneering transgender Latinx activist Lorena Borjas who has died from coronavirus

The pioneering transgender activist Lorena Borjas has tragically passed away from coronavirus early on Monday morning. Borjas, 60, was known as the mother of the trans Latinx community in Queens. As a…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2020

Idaho governor signs two bills that limit the rights of transgender people

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two bills into law Monday that limit the rights of transgender people. One measure bans transgender girls from playing on girls' and women's sports teams, while the…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2020

Isolation and HIV memories hit LGBT+ elderly hard in lockdowns

As lockdowns are imposed around the world to stop the spread of coronavirus, LGBT+ groups are scrambling to support older members of their community who are more likely to live alone and…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2020

Chechen Police Brandish Pipes in Coronavirus Street Patrols

Police officers armed with plastic pipes in Russia’s republic of Chechnya are patrolling the streets to observe compliance with the region’s coronavirus quarantine, Russian media reported this weekend. The majority Muslim region…

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