• 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: 05/16/2018

Maryland Bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for Minors

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law on Tuesday to prohibit health professionals from practicing “gay conversion therapy” on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Canada: Middle Arm Parents Pull Students From LGBTI Rights Presentation

A member of the organization which was giving a presentation at a school on the Baie Verte Peninsula on LGBTQ issues says things are improving but she was disappointed to see only…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Censor Attacks Health Website

Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus, a website raising awareness about the exploding HIV epidemic among men who have…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Malaysia Begins Blocking Online AIDS/HIV and LGBT Travel Information

In an unprecedented move for a multi-cultural tourism destination, Malaysia has begun to block Internet access to public information about HIV/AIDS and LGBT travel, effecting busy travel hubs like Kuala Lumpur’s International…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

The LGB Community is Working Hard to Save the World

New research finds that gay men and lesbian women are disproportionately represented in the anti-war and environmental movements. Social activism is on the rise, especially on the political left. But who are…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

Singapore’s LGBTI Community Has a Drug Problem and It’s Time to Fix It

Singapore has some of the world’s strictest anti-drug laws. So trying to stem the growing use of recreational drugs in the LGBTI community is very challenging. The small nation criminalizes homosexual sex…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

HIV Drug Shortage May Put People’s Lives at Risk in Papua New Guinea

Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat people living with HIV are at a critical shortage in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has the ‘highest incidence and…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Barbados Pride is Taking on the Harshest Anti-gay Law in the West

Why do we need Barbados Pride? Well, walking down the street is a traumatic experience for many LGBTI Barbadians. At first glance, Barbadian LGBTI people appear to have relatively safe, full lives. People…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2018

Gay Conversion Therapist Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Male Patients

A gay conversion therapist has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his male patients, according to Ontario’s medical regulator. As first reported by the Toronto Star, the decision by the College of Physicians…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Protest Against AIDS Movie Sparks Fears in Romania

Members of the Romanian LGBTI community expressed renewed concerns over increasing harassment and intimidation after a group of Romanian right-wing activists interrupted the screening of a French AIDS activism film on Sunday…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Doctors Should Stop Defining Sexual ‘Normality’

On October 26, 1996, a small group of activists picketed outside an American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Boston to draw attention to the fact that cosmetic surgeries were routinely being performed…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2018

Japan: NHK Tries to Clear Up LGBT Misconceptions

Last month, publisher Iwanami Shoten was criticized for its definition of “LGBT” in the newest edition of Kojien, which is considered to be the most authoritative dictionary of the Japanese language. The…

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