• 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: 03/16/2020

NY now lets minors switch gender on birth certificates

A new policy in New York state allows minors to change the biological sex on their birth certificates to their preferred sex – as a result of a favorable verdict for a…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2020

Unique transgender vulnerabilities require tailored and specific interventions

The virtual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2020) this week has included research assessing HIV prevalence, risk, access and adherence to medication in transgender women and men in the United…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2020

LA LGBT Center is open, shares inspiring story from Wuhan, China

“We are making preparations for worse case scenarios but no, we simply could not take this kind of action,” Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings tells the Los Angeles…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

A Clash Across America Over Transgender Rights

By the time Peyton Badalucco came out to his mother as transgender, he had been secretly binding his chest in a desperate attempt to hide his body. He was 14 years old…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

How Indian Pride Festivals Have Become Political Battlegrounds

For most queer people, pride is seen as a space to celebrate diversity and resist oppression. It’s a space where they feel safe and seen. But this year’s pride in Mumbai has…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Ghana bans LGBT+ conference after Christian groups protest

Ghana’s government has said it will not allow a major gathering of LGBT+ activists to go ahead after an outcry from conservative Christian groups in the country. The conference, scheduled for July,…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Toxic masculinity is literally toxic, causing health problems for men in later life

Toxic masculinity can actually be harmful to men’s health, causing a host of health problems in later life, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Sex Roles, was…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Trans whistleblower Chelsea Manning has just been made a free woman

A judge has ordered the release of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, after she spent a year back behind bars. Manning, a former intelligence analyst, is best known for exposing US war crimes by…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

LGBTQ community unites to empower one another

It is said that for years, the LGBT or LGBTQ community has been overlooked and discriminated against. Over the past weekend, the LGBTQ community came together to find solutions to the problems…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

LGBT+ community at heightened risk of coronavirus, groups warn

More than 100 LGBT+ rights groups on Wednesday called on U.S. public health officials to address the heightened vulnerability of gay and trans people to the coronavirus, warning that their frequently weakened…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

Romania Pride is first LGBT+ march to postpone over coronavirus

The organizer of Bucharest Pride said on Wednesday that the event would be delayed by at least three months due to coronavirus, the first of many LGBT+ rallies likely to be affected.…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

South Africa opens continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre

LGBT+ South Africans said the continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre, which opened on Tuesday, would spare gay and trans people the shame, rejection and confusion that they often face when seeking medical…

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