• 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: 06/29/2019

Survivor of Jamaican hostility, I work to legalize our loves

Risk of imprisonment. Death threats. Blackmail. Contempt from police. AIDS. Jamaican/Canadian activist lawyer Maurice Tomlinson tells why he works to overturn Caribbean nations’ anti-gay laws. The first time I visited my now…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2019

Gay librarian’s suicide prompts LGBT rights debate in Myanmar

The suicide of a gay man in Myanmar who was subjected to “homophobic bullying” from his co-workers has prompted a national conversation on LGBT+ rights in the Southeast Asian country. Kyaw Zin…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Gay Nigerian ex-priest honored for supporting asylum-seekers

A gay Nigerian former priest has received an award in recognition of his work supporting LGBTI African refugees. John Adewoye is a lifeline for many across the continent, one fractured in its…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Nigeria: Three anti-gay criminals captured, but then freed

Three members of a group of vicious anti-gay criminals were apprehended last week at Ibusa town in Delta State, Nigeria. Members of the gang reportedly were arrested by officers of the Nigeria…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2019

Section 377 is History but Young LGBT Indians Need Concrete Policies to Protect them from Bullying

The picture is bleak for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in India. Many face harassment and bullying, and to avoid humiliation and violence they often skip classes or drop out of…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2019

Drive for LGBT+ equality feared stalling 50 years after Stonewall

When Tree Sequoia joined hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people rioting in downtown New York 50 years ago, same-sex relations were illegal in more than 100 countries worldwide and every…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2019

‘Fear and shame holding LGBT community back’

Patna may have taken giant strides in many fields, but there are areas where it still lags behind other cities. The inclusivity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is one…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2019

Struggle among progress as countries restrict LGBTQ rights

The world has been transformed in many ways in the 50 years since the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, with major shifts in the past decade alone on every continent. Same-sex marriage…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2019

How the US shapes queer activism in Liberia

As the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean, dozens of queer Liberians and their friends and family gathered on a stretch of beach outside Monrovia, the West African nation’s capital. It was…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2019

How a housepainter and an army widow led the secret fight to save LGBT people from ISIS

The first time Majid and Ahlam saved a gay person’s life, they didn't even know what LGBT stood for. Word had reached them that three men were being held at home by…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2019

Gay refugees sent back to ‘homophobic Kenya camp’

Kenya's government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks, a UN agency says. Police with guns escorted…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2019

Iceland passes identification law dismissing lengthy medical process for trans people

Iceland passed a law on Tuesday (18 June) making it easier for transgender and non-binary individuals to change their personal identification. The Icelandic Parliament passed the Gender Autonomy Act. This allows people…

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