• 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: 01/10/2020

Indonesia’s LGBT community fears repercussions after UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’ jailed

When the reports surfaced about Britain's "most prolific rapist" Reynhard Sinaga — an Indonesian national sentenced to life for 150 crimes, including 136 rapes against men — Riko was upset. Riko, who…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2020

African LGBT refugees plead UN for safe shelter after Kenya camp attacks

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks.…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

Following backlash, Facebook disables misleading HIV medication ads

Facebook has disabled some advertisements about the potential side effects of HIV prevention medication Truvada following complaints that they were misleading and a “harm to public health.” The decision comes less than…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

Section 377 crusader Ashok Row Kavi steps down as Humsafar Trust Chairman

Ashok Row Kavi, the founder Chairperson of Mumbai-based Humsafar Trust has stepped down from his post. The Indian journalist and LGBT rights activist had founded the Trust in 1994. It provides counselling,…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2020

Pakistan to provide free healthcare for trans people

Pakistan has extended a government health insurance scheme to transgender people for the first time, in a move aimed at ending discrimination in access to care, an official said. All transgender people…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2020

Uruguay, the most LGBT-friendly country in Latin America

Uruguay is ranked 18th in the world in the LGBT + Danger Index ranking that evaluates the friendliest and most dangerous destinations for the lesbian, bisexual and transgender gay community, LGBT. Sweden…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2020

The region which legislates who you can love

"It's mainly snide remarks due to toxic masculinity," Aziza Lake says. But homophobia in Antigua and Barbuda sometimes manifests itself in sporadic brutality too, she continues. In her rainbow-coloured shirt and hat,…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2020

The Top LGBTQ Stories of the Decade

The decade of the 2010s saw unprecedented steps forward for the LGBTQ community in the U.S., with the winning of the right to marry same-sex partners and serve openly in the military,…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Over the rainbow: A life of LGBTQ dignity is within reach

If someone told Sindhuja in the dying moments of 2009 that a decade later, she would be standing as a full citizen and garnering the adulation of her family and friends, she…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Transgender man gives birth after getting pregnant with female sperm donor

Reuben Sharpe, 39, transitioned to male 12 years ago but decided he still wanted to become a parent. Six years ago he stopped taking hormones in the hope of the dream coming…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

LGBT refugees: Repeatedly attacked in Kenya but unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who are repeatedly told that, no matter where they…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash’

The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour,…

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