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  • 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: 02/21/2021

Conversion therapy survivors sent horrifying messages offering to ‘help make them normal’

LGBT+ activists in Indonesia have reportedly been harassed by an Instagram account offering conversion therapy for “individuals who are confused about their sexual identity”. The account, which which was set to private…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

British children in limbo over gender therapy after court ruling

LONDON, Feb 15 (Openly) - Almost as soon as she could speak, Nina told her parents she was not a boy and she has lived as a girl since she was seven.…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

UN Expert Raises Alarm Over Reports Of LGBT Child ‘Torture’ In Iran

The UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has expressed concern over reports that the country has subjected lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children to “torture and…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

Drag queens rally to make sure LGBT+ seniors had a Valentine’s Day to remember

A group of drag queens in Chicago showed the power of the queer community when they came together to make sure local LGBT+ seniors received Valentine’s Day cards. The Chicago Black Drag…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

How to come out when ‘gay’ isn’t in your language? LGBT website provides translation resources for sexual minorities in Asia

When 13-year-old Tien wants to tell his mother he’s gay, he goes to the library. But he quickly realises there aren’t any appropriate words for homosexuality in Vietnamese. He eventually finds a…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Flurry of bills aim to set limits on transgender kids – and their doctors

Sam Edelman felt like a girl for as long as he could remember, his dad said. As Sam’s 18th birthday approached, and after years of researching hormone treatments, the high school senior…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Iran’s use of electric shocks on LGBT+ children is torture and ‘echoes treatment by the Nazis’

A United Nations report found the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed electric shock torture on LGBT+ children, among other human rights violations. British LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Jerusalem Post that…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

QAnon supporters claim COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay, transgender

QAnon supporters are peddling the false conspiracy theory that COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay or transgender. BBC investigative reporter Shayan Sardarizadeh posted screenshots from Telegram – the new home of many conspiracists…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2021

8 Bills Across 7 States: Coordinated Anti-Transgender, Anti-LGBTQ Legislative Push Ramps Up In State Houses Across The Country

The legislative fight to pass discriminatory anti-transgender legislation is ramping up in state houses across the country, with a significant number of bills expected to have hearings or votes this week. Opponents…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

‘We all know what we’re facing’: divided Myanmar unites against coup

The Myanmar military took power last week on the promise of “restoring eternal peace” to a country riven by seven decades of ethnic conflict. Since the takeover it has made remarkable progress…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

LGTBQ seniors in Philly get COVID-19 vaccine

Residents of the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly Senior Apartments received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, with second doses scheduled for next month. A team of four from…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

LGBTQ people of color 2X likely to test positive for COVID-19 as straight white people

Data collected in fall 2020 finds that LGBTQ people—in particular LGBTQ people of color—have disproportionately experienced the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the…

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