• 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: 11/27/2022

I spoke to 100 LGBTQ+ Afghans fearing for their lives under the Taliban. This is what I learned

Filmmaker Dan Hall accidentally found himself in contact with more than a hundred queer people in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. He shares some of their stories in a powerful new film.…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2022

South Korea’s supreme court rules on legal transgender recognition

In a victory for LGBTQ rights, South Korea's supreme court ruled that transgender people have the right to change their legal sex status, regardless of whether they have underage children. South Korea…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2022

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she’ll be let in and won’t be attacked…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2022

Belgium bans ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ people

Belgium is banning conversion practices – a pseudoscientific practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity to align with heterosexual and cisgender norms – for members of the LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2022

As Texas cracks down on trans youth, some families feel trapped

Every morning, Mary's eight-year-old daughter Paige walks into school in the Texan city of Austin with a legal letter in her rucksack, neatly packed with her schoolbooks and her lunch, just in…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2022

U.S. judge rejects Biden administration’s LGBT health protections

A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden's administration had wrongly interpreted an Obamacare provision as barring health care providers from discriminating against gay and transgender people. U.S.…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Gandhara Briefing: Taliban Targets Universities; Women Barred From Parks; Gay Afghan Men Fear Persecution

RFE/RL's Radio Azadi reports on the Taliban cracking down on Afghan universities, which have become a hotbed of anti-Taliban protests led by female students. In the latest incident, the Taliban beat up…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Peru officially apologizes to Transgender woman for police abuse

Peru on Nov. 3 issued an official apology to Azul Rojas Marín, a Transgender woman who was raped and beaten by a group of police officers in 2008. After an Inter-American Court…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Dubbed torture, ID policies leave transgender people sterile

She was the only woman soldier working in the guard room, surrounded by men who harassed and frightened her after she said she was transgender. She tried to ignore them as they…

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ADDED ON: 11/08/2022

New project Nour Sarah reaches out to LGBTQ Afghans, aims for more

A new project launched by LGBTQ rights activists based in Lebanon and Paris offers emotional support services to members of the LGBTQ community — initially to refugees from Afghanistan and later to…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Qatari officials accused of gang raping gay man in hotel before deporting him

A gay man who lived in Qatar has revealed the harrowing truth about sting operations in place to entrap members of the queer community, with his own experience resulting in him being…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Nearly half of Japan’s LGBTQ teens have considered suicide: survey

Out of Japan’s LGBTQ teens, 48.1% thought about committing suicide over the past year and 14% made an attempt, according to a recent survey by a nonprofit organization. Both proportions were higher…

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