• 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: 04/26/2019

Armenian MPs call for transgender activist Lilit Martirosyan to be burned alive after high-profile speech

Armenia’s first registered transgender woman has received death threats after making a speech in her country’s national assembly. Lilit Martirosyan became the first member of her country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

ANTI-GAY KUWAITI ACADEMIC CLAIMS SUPPOSITORY “CURE” FOR HOMOSEXUALITY

A homophobic Kuwaiti academic claimed on Scope TV in March that she invented a cure for homosexuality based on Islamic medicine. “I discovered therapeutic suppositories that curb the sexual urges of boys…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

India opens health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT people

India has opened the doors to its first health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT+ people. The healthcare centre, located in Mumbai, employs LGBT+ receptionists, pharmacists, and counsellors to provide the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

How a gay student’s suicide after being outed is helping Japan’s LGBT community speak up

The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

Condoms: A controversial idea for fighting HIV in Jamaican prisons

The doubling of HIV cases in Jamaica’s prisons has resurrected the debate on formally offering condoms to curb the spread of sexually transmitted infections, with a clergyman being the loudest advocate that…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

‘Stigma does not go away’: Mumbai’s dedicated LGBT health clinic

Vivek Sharma has travelled 20km from his home to the congested eastern suburb of Mumbai for his HIV treatment. But the journey is no hardship for the 23-year-old student. “My file was…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Spain’s health minister calls for end to gay ‘conversion therapy’

Spain’s health minister called on Wednesday for so-called conversion therapy to be abolished after a report that a branch of the Catholic Church had offered to “cure” gay people. El Diario, an…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Gay sex now officially punishable by death by stoning in Brunei

New Islamic criminal laws took effect in Brunei on Wednesday that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning offenders to death. The laws have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Brunei’s new anti-LGBT+ laws condemned as ‘inhuman’ and ‘draconian’ by UN

A move by Brunei to punish gay sex by stoning to death has been condemned as “inhuman” by the UN. The new penal code is due to be implemented on Wednesday and…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Uganda: Queer-themed magazine focuses on mental health

The new 52-page magazine is focused on mental health and intimate-partner violence within the sex worker and LGBTQ communities. Copies are been widely distributed across the country by the organization’s volunteers. Ugandan…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

LGBTI migrants struggle to survive along Guatemala-Mexico border

Gaudy Coutiño Valladares works for the Guatemalan Red Cross in Tecún Umán, a small city in the country’s San Marcos department that is across the Suchiate River from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2019

Brunei urged to halt introduction of strict new anti-LGBT+ laws

Brunei must rowback on plans to implement changes to its penal code next month that could see LGBT+ people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity, human rights groups said on…

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