• 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: 09/03/2019

New campaign raises awareness of dangers faced by LGBTQ people in UK immigration detention

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group have launched an important new campaign. The organisation’s first national social media campaign #LendYourVoice aims to raise awareness around the discrimination and danger that LGBTQ people…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2019

The (queer) year that was

If you’re a queer Indian, the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (a colonial-era law that criminalised consensual adult same sex relationships) on September 6, 2018, is a…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2019

SOGIE bill won’t spoil rights of non-LGBTQ, says former DSWD chief

Rights are not rice cakes that should be divided. This was the case posed by former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Friday, as she took up the cudgels for proponents of…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2019

Shining a light on lesbian experiences in Nigeria

“If you haven’t come out to yourself, it’s difficult to come out to [other] people … At first, it might look like a difficult task, like something that’ll never end or something…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2019

G7 countries to increase Global Fund contributions

Germany, Italy and Canada have announced they will increase their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France,…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2019

New school transgender rules fire debate in Portugal

New rules on gender identity at schools are causing a stir in Portugal, where some parents are expressing alarm that transgender children will be able to choose which bathroom they use. Right-of-center…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2019

In a first for Africa, Kenya census to count intersex people

Kenya will become the first African country to recognize its intersex population in a census on Saturday that counts people born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions for…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2019

Two conversion therapy survivors want protections for LGBTQ youth

For Thomas Argue, growing up in Victoria County in the 1990s was idyllic in some ways, humiliating and painful in others. Argue, who is gay, was raised in Plaster Rock, where his…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2019

New survey finds a decrease in homophobic attitudes in Nigeria

A survey from The Initiative for Equality Rights has found that homophobic attitudes in Nigeria are decreasing. The survey was last conducted in 2017, and this time it talked to 2,400 residents…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2019

A gay couple in Russia was forced to flee the country simply because they told their adopted children they are married

A Russian couple was forced to flee the country because they told their two adopted sons that they are married. As far-fetched as that may sound, the story is true – simply…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

Côte d’Ivoire: Bill to Amend Marriage Law Approved

On March 27, 2019, the Council of Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire approved a bill that would substantially amend the country’s marriage law. It must now be presented to the Parliament, where, if…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2019

‘Scandal’ as English gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

Delays in rolling out an HIV prevention pill in England are putting gay men's lives at risk, with thousands buying it online without medical supervision, HIV campaigners said on Wednesday. England is…

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