• 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: 10/21/2019

Praying to wake up in a girl’s body: LGBT group hosts transgender women explaining why, how they transitioned

Three individuals who transitioned from male to female shared their journeys recently when the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association hosted a Transgender Education Panel at the Oak Park Library. Panelists…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

‘They paid a guy to kill me’: health workers fight homophobia in Uganda

Maria Nantale is enjoying a beer at a rickety wooden bar after a long day’s work. “Forty people tested today,” she reflects. “Found three positives. One of them is in denial. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/21/2019

Details of gay man’s electroshock treatment endured at Belfast university

In a story for The Belfast Telegraph, the man, given the pseudonym “John,” says that while a student at QUB he was referred to the school’s Department of Mental Health, where he…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2019

The challenge of adolescent SRH services in Bangladesh

The adolescent population (between the ages of 10 and 19) covers more than one-fifth of the total population of Bangladesh, which consists of approximately 36 million in total. Currently 52% of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2019

Coming Out in Uganda Was a Death Sentence. The U.S. Border Was a Trap.

Margaret didn’t know what was going to happen when she approached the bridge between Juárez and El Paso, but she knew she couldn’t wait anymore. Six months since fleeing her home after…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2019

HIV POSITIVE BABY ADOPTED BY GAY COUPLE AFTER BEING REJECTED 10 OTHER TIMES

An Argentinian gay couple have adopted an HIV positive baby girl who had previously been rejected by 10 other families. The child, named Olivia, was born with the virus. Earlier attempts to…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2019

Scotland: The LGBT+ elderly dance club tackling isolation

A project aimed at bringing older members of the LGBTI+ community together through dance clubs has launched in Scotland. Arts company All the Queen’s Men came up with the idea in Australia…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2019

Amid ‘Kill the Gays’ bill uproar, Ugandan LGBTQ activist is killed

Ugandan LGBTQ activist Brian Wasswa died on Oct. 5, one day after the 28-year-old was attacked at home amid rising tensions in the east African nation over its beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2019

School transgender support guidelines published

The first detailed guidelines for schools in Northern Ireland on how to support transgender pupils have been published. The guidance is from the Education Authority (EA). It covers things like uniforms, naming,…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2019

Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections

A federal judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedom of Christian providers. Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2019

India’s HIV-positive trans people find ‘new strength’ in technology

Shoved, cursed and ridiculed, Nisha’s hospital visits were always stressful as a transgender woman and got worse after she was diagnosed as HIV-positive. But a new app introduced as part of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2019

Scotland pardons gay men convicted under homophobic laws

Gay and bisexual men in Scotland prosecuted for consensual same-sex activity will receive an automatic pardon under a law which came into effect on Tuesday aiming to correct a “historic wrong”. The…

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