• 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: 03/05/2020

How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet

Like many gay Chinese growing up at the turn of the millennium, Duan Shuai began his long, deliberate process of coming out online. After school, he would visit the newly opened internet…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2020

Funds running out, Kenya LGBT refugee program seeks help

LGBT refugees in Nairobi, Kenya might soon find themselves homeless and without any source of income as funding for housing and other programs is rapidly drying up. Grants from the Hebrew Immigrant…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

Indonesia doubles down on move to ban homosexuality and send ‘offenders’ to ‘rehab’ clinics

Indonesia is proposing legislation that would force LGBT+ people into treatment to “cure” their sexuality or gender identity. The “Family Resilience Bill” would force LGBT+ people into government-sanctioned “rehabilitation centres”, which would…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2020

Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ drugs for trans teens, study shows

Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2020

Pressure to keep up: status imbalance a major factor in stress in gay men

The persistence of mental health hardships among gay and bisexual men, which endure even as LGBTQ people gain greater acceptance and civil rights, can be explained at least in part by the…

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ADDED ON: 02/29/2020

Shameful statistic staining Australia: Young LGBTI people twice as likely to be homeless

A group of 1000 people will come together this weekend to stand in the shape of a house to raise awareness of a shameful statistic about the state of young people. Around…

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ADDED ON: 02/29/2020

Four years, two continents: a gay Chinese couple’s journey for a surrogate son

Before Qiguang Li could pass through customs and step on to US soil for the first time, he faced a three-hour detention where he learned that he needed to be more candid…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2020

As survivors speak out, 9 countries seek to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

From electric shocks to ‘praying away the gay’, global momentum is growing to ban so-called “conversion therapy”, with bills drawn up in nine countries, a rights group said on Wednesday. The United…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2020

Priest who compared LGBT-inclusive education to Nazism invited to speak in UK parliament

An anti-abortion Anglican priest who said LGBT-inclusive education is “state-sponsored abuse” and comparable to Nazism has been invited to speak in UK parliament. Reverend Lynda Rose was invited by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson,…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2020

SETBACKS FOR QUEENSLAND’S CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

Australia’s first proposed legislation criminalising “LGBT conversion therapy” has suffered setbacks and divides after receiving criticism and support on issues of medicinal practice and gender dysphoria. Under the new amendments, practitioners of…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2020

Morality police swing out wildly in Indonesia

Indonesia’s self-appointed morality police are at it again, this time featuring a university-educated member of the Commission for the Protection of Children (KPAI) who drew public ridicule by claiming that women risk…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Jules Franckrin Kouamé Kouadio, ironworker by trade, was beaten up by members of his family after presenting his lover on his 35th birthday. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at Plateau-Dokui, Jules Franckrin Kouamé…

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