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  • 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: 06/10/2020

This Pride Month, Shame on You: Exposing Anti-LGBT Government Strategies in MENA

As a researcher and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I am often asked: “What is it like to be…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2020

20 photos that chronicle America’s iconic history of activism

Tens of thousands of Americans have been marching in the streets daily, demanding an end to police brutality and racism. Following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd let…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2020

Celebrating Pride Month and rallying for racial equality: LGBTQ groups seek ‘to stand in solidarity with the black community’

Pride Month began Monday. Many in the LGBTQ community, however, were unsure how to celebrate without overshadowing the ongoing nationwide protests over racial injustice spurred by the death of George Floyd. But…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2020

Black transgender community to march against injustice

The LGBTQ community typically marches in June to celebrate pride. This year, some in St. Louis will gather with a different tone. Charles Buchanan with Flower Boi support group, is organizing a…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2020

Iowa police raid gay bar for providing first aid supplies to protestors

An LGBTQ venue was raided by police earlier this week for providing first aid for protestors. The Blazing Saddle, an LGBTQ bar in Des Moines, posted a video to Facebook showing around…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2020

LGBT+ Pride events turning focus to racial injustice in U.S

Organizers of LGBT+ Pride events in major U.S. cities are shifting their focus to racism and police violence, they said this week, addressing the concerns and demands raised by protesters over the…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2020

YouTube takes down anti-gay ad after outrage in Russia

An online video suggesting Russians back constitutional reform or see gay couples win adoption rights was taken down by YouTube on Wednesday after LGBT+ groups said it incited hatred. The clip, posted…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2020

‘Completely Crazy’: Activists Slam Antigay Ad As Russia’s Constitutional Vote Looms

A Russian media group linked to a close associate of President Vladimir Putin has produced an antigay political ad ahead of a vote on constitutional amendments that would open the door for…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2020

As protests roar, LGBT+ activists see chance to return to ‘radical roots’

As widespread protests over racial injustice roiled the country, LGBT+ campaigners on Monday, the start of the annual Pride month, called for a return to the rebellious origins of the U.S. gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2020

Hungary’s new anti-transgender law is threatening to set hard-won LGBT rights back decades

The Hungarian parliament has voted to strip transgender people of their current rights to legally change their gender. The new law defines gender on the basis of chromosomes at birth, ending the…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2020

Families are major source of abuse for gay women, trans people, report says

Family members are often the main perpetrators of abuse against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people, according to a major global report published on Monday. The study of 24 countries by Britain’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Brazil’s crisis deepens as Bolsonaro holds on to the military for support

Brazil has kicked political drama to the curb. Between scandals, powerplay episodes, and a slew of surprising statements, the South American country has been a mainstay in news headlines recently. But now,…

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