• 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: 09/09/2019

Ethiopian church-affiliated group urges action against gays

A group affiliated with Ethiopia's Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government's silence on homosexuality in the country. Speaking at a conference Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje Negash…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

Why are so few LGBT Chinese couples taking advantage of laws that could protect their rights?

A gay couple in Beijing recently made national headlines when they became the first same-sex couple to become each other’s legal guardian. The option – which allows them to authorise medical treatment…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

GayTravel.com Supports Disaster Relief Efforts for LGBT Bahamians

GayTravel.com, a trusted resource for LGBT travelers for over two decades, is leading the way by encouraging concerned travelers to participate in an online donation effort focused on LGBT Bahamians who are…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

Transgender woman healing after beaten in Oregon over bathroom use

The attack broke Lauren Jackson’s bones but not her spirit. “Thankfully, I’m still alive. Thankfully, the injuries weren’t worse,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Jackson, a transgender woman, was severely beaten by a…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Trans Chinese teens forced into ‘conversion therapy’: study

Trans teenagers in China face abuse at home and bullying at school, with almost one in five forced into conversion therapies, according to a survey released on Friday. The researchers called for…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2019

The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.

For two decades, McKrae Game was a top-tier figure among ex-gay Christians and a leading advocate for conversion therapy, a counseling practice with the goal of helping LGBTQ people suppress their homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2019

More than 50% of gay men in Hong Kong fear coming out, study finds

Around one in two gay men fear coming out to their loved ones in Hong Kong, a damning study has revealed. Against rapidly climbing HIV diagnoses and political crises in the former…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2019

Groundbreaking report reveals reach of conversion therapy

A first-of-its-kind report documenting conversion therapy around the world highlights the pervasiveness of the practice. The 73-page report, "Harmful Treatment: The Global Reach of So-Called Conversion Therapy," published by OutRight Action International…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Former Gay Conversion Leader Denounces ‘Harmful’ Movement After Coming Out

The South Carolina-based founder of one of the nation’s largest “gay conversion” programs issued a formal apology for his role in the discredited movement this weekend ― just months after coming out…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

The 2020 Summer Olympics Likely to Be the Queerest, Most Political Games Yet

When Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will likely be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Games. Not only that, it could also prove to be the…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Lebanon: End Systemic Violence Against Transgender Women

Transgender women in Lebanon face systemic violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch, Helem, and MOSAIC said in a report and video released today. Transgender women face discrimination in accessing basic services, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2019

Inside the Supreme Court Discrimination Cases That Could Change LGBTQ Rights

On Oct. 8, the High Court is set to hear three landmark LGBTQ workplace-discrimination cases. They are as intensely personal as they are political. Until 2012, Aimee Stephens was, in her own…

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