• 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

Nyasha Zhakata – Global Director, The Dream Academy

My name is Nyasha Zhakata (Masi). I’m an out and proud 38-year-old lesbian mom of an incredible daughter. I’m an activist, human rights defender, and the Global Director of The Dream Academy,…

ADDED ON: 10/16/2022

Conservative Muslims join forces with Christian right on Michigan book bans

A recent school board meeting at which about 1,000 people gathered in Dearborn, Michigan, to pressure district officials to censor books with LGBTQ+ themes was in most ways similar to hundreds of…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2022

Thousands rally in Bratislava to honor 2 gay men shot dead

Slovakia’s president joined a rally of thousands on Friday to honor two gay men who were shot dead in the capital earlier this week and demonstrate support for the LGBTQ community. People…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2022

Tennessee GOP urges pediatric clinic to stop providing gender-affirming surgeries

A group of GOP lawmakers in Tennessee sent a letter Wednesday to Vanderbilt University Medical Center calling on the hospital’s Pediatric Transgender Clinic — the only one of its kind in the…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2022

Pakistan launches anti-harassment hotline for trans people

Pakistan on Friday launched a hotline for transgender people in an effort to protect them from discrimination and harassment, a senior government official said. Trans people in Pakistan are considered outcasts by…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2022

Dominica High Court accepts challenge to sodomy laws

A constitutional challenge against laws that criminalize same-sex intimacy in the Caribbean country Dominica was to be heard today at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, acting as the High Court of Justice…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2022

Russians Are Fleeing Putin’s Draft. But in Georgia, Few Are Happy About a Fresh Influx

It’s not hard to understand why Nikolai Shushpan, who is gay, made the decision to become one of the thousands of Russians to flee to Georgia after President Vladimir Putin announced a…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Turkey’s Anti-LGBTQ Display Reflects Nation’s Political Shift

The 25-year-old translator by day and trans drag performer by night felt overwhelming panic and anxiety when several thousand demonstrators gathered and marched Sunday in Turkey to demand a ban on what…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Zambia president reiterates opposition to LGBTQ+, intersex rights

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Monday reiterated his government does not support LGBTQ+ and intersex rights. In a video posted to his Facebook page on Monday, Hichilema said Zambia is a country…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2022

Texas judge halts investigations of transgender families who belong to national advocacy group

A state district judge on Friday granted a temporary halt into the investigations of families with transgender children who belong to one of the largest LGBTQ advocacy groups in the country. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2022

Montana permanently blocks transgender birth certificate changes

Montana health officials on Friday made permanent a rule that blocks transgender people from changing their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery. The move by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2022

Future Generali to offer health insurance for live-in partners, LGBT community

Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited (FGII) has launched a health insurance product that brings LGBTQIA+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and members in a live-in relationship within the scope of…

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