• 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: 03/23/2020

AS PEOPLE SOCIALLY DISTANCE, AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT APP SEES A BOOST IN LISTENERS

Adam Lippin is the founder of a peer emotional support app called HearMe. Lippin was inspired to create this app because of his own experience dealing with addiction and loneliness. He remembers…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

‘Unresolved grief’: coronavirus presents eerie parallels for many Aids advocates

Because of the coronavirus, the 7 million people who live in the San Francisco Bay Area have been one step shy of a full lockdown since Tuesday. Amid all the canceled plans,…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Ryan Murphy donates medical supplies left over from Pose to coronavirus effort

Ryan Murphy has donated medical supplies used during filming for Pose to a hospital treating coronavirus victims in the US. The screenwriter, 54, shared a photo of medical supplies used during hospital…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Coronavirus Leaves Migrants along Mexico-U.S. Border even More Vulnerable

Jaime Antonio Marin Rocha and his mother, Yolanda Rocha, run Jardín de las Mariposas, a shelter for LGBT migrants in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Marin told the Washington Blade on…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Gay YouTuber takes aim at Indonesia’s ‘sexual deviant’ bill

An Indonesian YouTube star, whose videos about being gay and living with HIV have generated millions of views, is hoping his popular channel will help fight moves by lawmakers to clamp down…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2020

Seeking truth in the war on the coronavirus

Jewel Thais-Williams said she’d call back. She was on the other line and had been inundated with calls asking how she was doing after eye surgery. Three hours later, the almost 81-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Do you need to take PrEP every day if you’re self-isolating because of coronavirus?

If coronavirus-related self-isolation means you won’t be getting any for a while, the advice is that it’s safe to alter your PrEP routine. Here’s how. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, government advice in…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Egypt’s Denial of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Egyptian government is refusing to recognize the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, flouting its responsibility to protect the rights of everyone. On March 12, during its third…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

‘It’s not safe for them’: Coronavirus lockdowns putting LGBT+ people at risk across Middle East

Coronavirus-induced isolation and lockdowns are putting LGBT+ people in the Middle East at risk, campaigners have warned. Many individuals are – or, due to money worries, fear becoming – trapped with family…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2020

Drag queens take their shows online as coronavirus shuts clubs

As bars and clubs shutter around the world, drag queens are performing online to make up for lost income and keep their fans in good spirits during the coronavirus epidemic. From livestreaming…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2020

Transgender adults question gender identity before age 7, study finds

Transgender adults who undergo gender-affirming surgery may first begin questioning their biological sex as early as age 7, a new study has found. In research published Monday by JAMA Network Open, the…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2020

Coronavirus: Three Lessons from the AIDS Crisis

As of March 15, Seattle had recorded 420 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths. As a historian of 20th-century queer and trans politics, I know that’s nothing compared to the toll that…

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