• 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: 07/03/2019

LGBTI Asia: From Myanmar tragedy to Pakistan progress

Homophobic bullying in Myanmar. Rainbow socks in Singapore. A first for trans people in Pakistan. This is a brief roundup of LGBTI news from countries that have anti-gay laws or are recovering…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Protests in Pakistan after father arrested for murder of transgender daughter

The transgender community in Pakistan are leading protests after a 19-year-old transgender woman was found “riddled with bullets” beside a river bank. The teenager’s father has been arrested for her murder. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Video: LGBT activists talk openly about life in Morocco

In collaboration with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), Human Rights Watch released a video, Monday, June 24. The footage, published on the Human Rights Watch Facebook page, aims to…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Pioneers launching Pride in Bermuda, St. Lucia, Uganda, India

Activists in Bermuda and St. Lucia are planning those nations’ first Pride celebrations, while a fund drive is under way for Uganda’s seventh Pride, which is held annually except when police raids…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

LGBTQ Tour Group Cancels Ethiopia Trip After Death Threats

Death threats force a Chicago-based gay tour group to cancel an upcoming trip to Ethiopia. “One of the emails was you cannot come here you are not even human,” expressed Dan Ware,…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

Gov’t promises support for LGBTIQ community

Some 150 people, including representatives of the government and relevant ministries, the LGBTIQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer), local authorities, ambassadors, parents and guardians held a meeting on Thursday…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

With ball gowns and dance, LGBT+ refugees in Kenya cast aside woes to celebrate

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya - some dressed in sequined ball gowns and slinky black evening dresses - cast aside their troubles on Thursday to eat lunch, dance to Congolese rumba and celebrate…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

Survivor of Jamaican hostility, I work to legalize our loves

Risk of imprisonment. Death threats. Blackmail. Contempt from police. AIDS. Jamaican/Canadian activist lawyer Maurice Tomlinson tells why he works to overturn Caribbean nations’ anti-gay laws. The first time I visited my now…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2019

Gay librarian’s suicide prompts LGBT rights debate in Myanmar

The suicide of a gay man in Myanmar who was subjected to “homophobic bullying” from his co-workers has prompted a national conversation on LGBT+ rights in the Southeast Asian country. Kyaw Zin…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Gay Nigerian ex-priest honored for supporting asylum-seekers

A gay Nigerian former priest has received an award in recognition of his work supporting LGBTI African refugees. John Adewoye is a lifeline for many across the continent, one fractured in its…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Nigeria: Three anti-gay criminals captured, but then freed

Three members of a group of vicious anti-gay criminals were apprehended last week at Ibusa town in Delta State, Nigeria. Members of the gang reportedly were arrested by officers of the Nigeria…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2019

Section 377 is History but Young LGBT Indians Need Concrete Policies to Protect them from Bullying

The picture is bleak for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in India. Many face harassment and bullying, and to avoid humiliation and violence they often skip classes or drop out of…

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