• 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: 03/02/2020

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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ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Australian state mulls nation’s first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

An Australian state is considering the nation’s first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked division more than two years after the country legalised same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2020

China HIV patients risk running out of AIDS drugs in days – UNAIDS

HIV patients in China risk running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because quarantines and lockdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus disease outbreak mean they cannot replenish vital medicine stocks, United Nations AIDS…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2020

Indonesia could force LGBT people into rehabilitation under draft ‘family resilience’ law

A proposed bill to be considered by Indonesian Parliament would compel people with "deviant" sexual persuasions to undergo "rehabilitation". The so-called Family Resilience Bill, which covers many aspects of family life in…

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