• 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: 01/23/2020

Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations, stipulating that same-sex couples may not adopt children from Russia. The countries finalized two agreements, one on adoption…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

Ecuador’s LGBT+ community seen suffering deadliest year in a decade

Last year was the deadliest in at least a decade for gay and transgender people in Ecuador, campaigners have said, citing a possible backlash against new laws enshrining LGBT+ rights. There were…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2020

Human Rights in the South Caucasus: 2019 victories and losses

The Human Rights Watch report states that Azerbaijani authorities continue to exact tight control over the political system and persecute critics. There was at least one known police operation where they detained…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2020

UK Reports Massive Decline In HIV Rates

The British government has reported a massive decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV since 2012. According to figures released by Public Health England, new infections among gay and bisexual…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2020

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2020

Scotland: Catholic Church opposes ‘troubling’ reforms to gender recognition lawsin

The Catholic Church has called on its congregation to oppose proposed reforms to gender recognition laws in Scotland, which it called “troubling”. It also said that trans people must accept the gender…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2020

Russia: Race to the Bottom on Rights

Repression escalated in Russia during 2019 as the government answered rising civic and political activism with bans, repressive laws, and showcase prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Puerto Rico LGBTQ activists join earthquake relief efforts

LGBTQ activists in Puerto Rico are among those who have joined earthquake relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth. A group of volunteers with Waves Ahead, a group based in the Puerto Rican…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

House Democrats to ask ICE to release all transgender immigrants in custody

House Democrats are preparing to ask the Department of Homeland Security to release all transgender immigrants being held at long-term federal immigration facilities. Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois is leading the…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest

Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2020

AIDS, the Catholic Church and LGBT issues today

In the series finale of ‘Plague,’ we look at what’s happening in the church in HIV and AIDS care today and then reflects on comments and questions from listeners about the ongoing…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

Brazil issues new rules, lowers age for gender reassignment surgery

Brazil’s independent medical regulator announced new rules for treating transgender patients on Thursday, including lowering the age when trans people can have gender reassignment surgery to 18 from 21 years old. The…

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