• 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: 08/02/2020

LGBT youth ‘robbed’ by coronavirus, says head of suicide-prevention org The Trevor Project

The coronavirus pandemic has “robbed” LGBT+ youth – who already had a higher risk of mental-health problems – of support, the head of The Trevor Project has written. Writing for the World…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2020

Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

The drama unfolded on July 30 in the city of Bertoua in eastern Cameroon when two young lesbians met in private at a family home. The women, identified here by the pseudonyms…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

El Salvador police sentenced in nation’s first trans murder convictions

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

‘I wish they killed you’: trauma of Syrian LGBT+ rape survivors

Stigmatised gay, bisexual and transgender Syrian refugees who survived sexual violence in war are struggling to get medical or mental health care, human rights groups said on Wednesday. More than 40 LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Susan Atuhura was honored for her study of the successes of community-based adherence clubs in reducing HIV levels and increasing the levels of self-care among for men who have sex with men…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2020

Nigeria’s queer history told by those who lived through it

When Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria, passed a bill into law that criminalised any active part of gayness in January 2014, he was lauded by many in the country for…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2020

Grocery store’s coronavirus sign sparks Pride event and Trump-supporting counter protest

The small Pennsylvania town of Mifflinburg witnessed a face-off between LGBT+ protestors and Trump supporters on Sunday (26 July). It started as a response to a bizarre note stuck on a grocery…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2020

LGBT youths’ suicidal thoughts decline with community supports: study

Supportive communities and a progressive political climate can help combat LGBT teen suicides, especially among girls, new UBC school of nursing research shows. “Consistent evidence has indicated higher rates of suicidal behaviour…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2020

‘We’re living in fear’: LGBT people in Italy pin hopes on new law

For 15 years, Marco and his boyfriend had lived together fairly peacefully in a town outside Rome. Then, in early June, a neighbour started harassing them. “It began quite lightly, with him…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2020

Mexico City just outlawed traumatising conversion therapy

Mexico City has become the first jurisdiction in Mexico to outlaw the damaging practice of conversion therapy, in a historic victory for the country’s LGBT+ community. According to The New York Times,…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

First-ever pan-African Pride will celebrate the ‘bustling, multi-layered reservoir’ of queer Africans

A first-of-its-kind pan-African LGBT+ Pride event, Pride Afrique, is set to take place virtually, celebrating the “bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir” of queer Africans. According to Star Observer, Pride Afrique will be…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

Israel: Bill banning gay conversion therapy up for vote, could spark coalition crisis

A bill outlawing controversial “gay conversion therapy” threatened to generate yet another coalition crisis, as Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party was expected to support the proposal despite the objections of Prime…

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