• 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: 12/07/2018

Islamic exorcisms used as conversion therapy as Indonesian city moves against LGBT population

An Indonesian city has launched a new campaign to "cleanse" LGBT people of their "social sickness" through religious exorcisms, a move that's been seen as part of the country's growing intolerance towards the…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Welcome to Jamaica – no longer ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’

Early one late summer morning, more than 200 people gathered under the lush canopy of Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, for a breakfast party. It was all a far cry from the country that…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

LGBT equality remains a distant dream in Asia

The most LGBT-friendly country in Asia has rejected marriage equality. Amnesty International says the Nov. 24 referendum results are a bitter blow to the Taiwanese LGBT community that wishes their island nation…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Brazil Attempts To End Gender And Sexuality Education In Schools

President Jair Bolsonaro’s win was a grave day for Brazilian LGBTI individuals. Not only did the former army captain actively come out against LGBT rights, but he’s now going after gender and…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Political Impasse Stops Protection for LGBTI Students Passing This Year

The government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBTI students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the detail. After weeks of negotiation and tactical maneuvering…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

MP Allegedy Walks Out of Discussion with Resident After Being Asked for Her Views on Anti-gay Law

A meeting with Nee Soon GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Lee Bee Wah last night turned awkward, according to an activist representing the Ready4Repeal movement. Edward Foo, a volunteer of the group…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

Sask. Advocates Blast ‘pray the gay away’ Methods Aimed at ‘converting’ LGBTI People

Advocates in Saskatchewan are calling on the province to ban therapies meant to make people reject LGBTI identities. Conversion or reparative therapies are defined as any practice, from counselling to prayer, that…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

As Tanzania’s LGBT fear for their lives, HIV will thrive

In one day, everything changed. One day, she could walk down the street like anyone else. People still stared and often judged but in their own minds -- not out loud. But before she knew…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Mike Pence fails to mention gay people in World AIDS Day speech

US Vice President Mike Pence has been branded a “hypocrite” for a World AIDS Day speech in which he only spoke about straight victims of the AIDS crisis. Pence, a historical opponent…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Bulgarian Choreographer Captures Chechnya Refugee Experience

Kosta Karakashyan is a talented artist devoted to social justice and LGBT rights. The New York choreographer is fighting for the vulnerable in the hostile region of the Russian Federation. He intends…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise – experts

Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year. Most new cases in the…

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