• 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: 01/16/2019

New York bans gay conversion therapy, and passes historic trans protection law

The state of New York has passed bills banning gay conversion therapy and adding gender identity to its anti-discrimination legislation. The state’s legislative body approved the bills on Tuesday (January 15), according to Democratic…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

Denver votes to ban conversion therapy

DENVER — With a unanimous City Council vote Monday night, Denver became Colorado’s first jurisdiction to ban use of conversion therapy to try to change the sexual orientation of minors, governing.com reports. Psychology’s governing bodies…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya accuse U.N. of failing on protection, shelter

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realized the men from his church would be coming for him next.  First came…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

Reports surface of fresh anti-gay purge in Chechnya

Activists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya are warning of a new gay purge even as Chelyabinsk celebrated a small victory. The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Trans people flock to Malta’s new gender clinic

About 35 people have accessed the services at Malta’s new gender clinic since it opened in mid-November. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, said the clinic was opened to…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Israeli Doctors Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Gay People

A ban on conversion therapy by Israeli doctors will help protect gay people from treatments that claim to make them straight, but more work needs to be done with religious groups that…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Human Rights Commission warns Depok’s policies produce potential for anti-LGBT discrimination

State-sanctioned discrimination in Indonesia against the LGBT community and individuals saw a sharp increase towards the end of last year as officials in a number of cities and regions — particularly parts…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

How stigma prevents Delhi’s gay men from getting tested for HIV

When the news broke that India’s Supreme Court had struck down a colonial-era law making gay sex illegal, the reaction in Delhi was jubilant, with public celebrations erupting across the capital. Fast forward four months and HIV/Aids charities are…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Pushed to Fringes of Indian Society, Delhi’s Trans Women Face Constant HIV Threat

Boby has lost track of the precise number of times she has been gang-raped. She thinks it is between eight and 10. “Every time it has been without condom,” she says. “Every…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Two Thirds of Teachers Have No Training on LGBTI Issues, Says Survey

More than two thirds of teachers in Scotland have no recent grounding in LGBT+ issues, according to a new survey. The results of the research, released by Scotland’s government to TES following a Freedom of…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2019

Iceland urged to partially end its ban on gay men donating blood

Despite being one of the more socially liberal countries, Iceland still has a ban on gay men donating blood. One of the chief epidemiologists in Iceland has urged the government to lift the…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2019

New US ambassador Kyle McCarter speaks Kiswahili, opposes gay unions

On Wednesday, the United States Senate approved the appointment of former Senator Kyle McCarter as the new Ambassador to Kenya. McCarter comes to a familiar territory with a promise to support the…

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