• 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: 05/27/2020

‘We were so ready’: LGBT refugees in Kenya live in fear as global resettlement is put on hold

After four years of waiting, he had the ticket booked: Nairobi, Frankfurt, Toronto. He had fled Uganda's violent homophobia, survived in neighboring Kenya, where it's only a little better, and allowed himself…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2020

Anti-LGBT+ church sued over historic child sex abuse and ‘protecting abusers’

An anti-LGBT+ California church is being sued for allegedly failing to protect two young boys from sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. Carl Epperson and Larry Spencer are suing the anti-LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2020

K-Quarantine: The Condemnation or Resurgence of LGBTQ Rights in South Korea

The United States and South Korea sit on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the successful containment of COVID-19. As South Korea enters its second wave of infections and…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2020

Mexico City’s Casa Frida Offers Refuge to the LGBTQ Community During the Pandemic

Shelter-in-place measures limit coronavirus numbers, but they also expose the ugly side of staying at home. Calls to domestic violence hotlines have been up across the globe and in some places, LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2020

Christian Activist Calls For Violence Against Those Who Use Pandemic To Impose Socialism

Trump-loving radical right-wing activist Scott Lively warned listeners during an online Bible study yesterday that they need to establish a modern-day Underground Railroad for Christians to escape coming persecution and prepare to…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2020

Australia: Grant to help LGBT conversion survivors

Researchers from La Trobe University have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant to improve the support provided to survivors of LGBT conversion practices. Dr Timothy Jones from the School of…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2020

No medicine, no food: Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

It started with headaches then came nausea and diarrhea. Within two weeks, gay Ugandan barber Eric had became so weak without his HIV medication he could not walk and had to be…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

‘If I don’t have sex I’ll die of hunger’: Covid-19 crisis for Rio’s trans sex workers

Social distancing is keeping people off the streets of central Rio de Janeiro. And that has created serious challenges for its trans sex workers, who have seen their clientele, and their income,…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan's transgender community. But…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Health care for SA’s LGBT+ community needs boost

South Africa’s LGBTI community continues to face extreme discrimination and inadequate health care. Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face violence, exclusion and discrimination in South Africa. To…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2020

‘Panic’ as Hungarian parliament bans trans people from changing gender on IDs

Hungary’s parliament voted Tuesday to ban transgender people from changing their gender on identity documents, in a move that LGBT+ advocates said was creating panic among trans people who feared an increase…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2020

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bigotry in Brazil’s Schools

Amid the public health crisis in the country, Brazil has recently achieved two significant victories for the right to education and the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)…

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