• 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: 05/19/2020

FINALLY FREE: ORDER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ISSUED FOR #COSF19

Uganda’s LGBTIQ community has reason to jubilate amidst the COVID-19 hardships as an order for immediate release has this afternoon been issued for the #COSF19. This comes after the DPP withdrew all…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

Iraqi leader who blames coronavirus on same-sex marriage demands Islamic flag is raised across UK and EU to counter-protest Pride flag

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is head of the Sadrist Movement and the Saraya al-Salam militia, said in March: “One of the most appalling things that have caused this epidemic is…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2020

Coronavirus causing a humanitarian crisis for LGBT+ people around the world

LGBT+ people around the world are facing a humanitarian crisis. And COVID-19 risks decimating the organizations they rely on for support. UK-based international LGBT+ charity, the Kaleidoscope Trust, conducted research in 37…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2020

Map Shows Where It’s Illegal To Be Gay – 30 Years Since WHO Declassified Homosexuality As Disease

It's still illegal to be LGBT+ in 70 countries, and you could be given the death penalty in 12, as the world marks 30 years since “homosexuality” was declassified as a disease.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2020

May 17 Is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. First observed in 2004, the day was designed to focus “attention on the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender,…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2020

Albania becomes third European country to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

Albania's psychologists have banned so-called "conversion therapy", which tries to change the sexual orientation of young LGBT people, a move hailed on Saturday by the country's rights groups. The decision by Albania's…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2020

LGBT families in Ireland still caught in legal loophole

In the run-up to the marriage referendum, one of the key pieces of legislation that was on the table was the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. This was viewed as an…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2020

Gay Korea: homophobia sparked by Seoul coronavirus cluster driven by Protestant right

The Korean LGBTQ+ community knew to prepare for an anti-gay onslaught after it emerged that a person with an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection had been partying in Itaewon, a gay nightlife district in…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2020

Why banning anti-LGBT ‘conversion therapy’ isn’t enough

Lawmakers around the world have proposed new legislation to ban ‘conversion therapy’ – attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In Canada, for example, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2020

These queer Muslims are finding ways to stay connected, focused and safe this Ramadan – even under lockdown

Halfway through Ramadan, Sabah Choudrey, a “reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy” and the co-founder of Trans Pride Brighton, says they’re still figuring things out. “I’ve been thinking about…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2020

LGBT+ asylum seekers are sharing bedrooms with strangers during coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how our dysfunctional asylum and immigration system is failing to support people in need. The system prevents people from accessing health services and puts LGBT+ people at…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2020

Contact tracing South Korea’s latest coronavirus outbreak exposes LGBT+ people to hate

A new coronavirus outbreak in the South Korean capital, Seoul, has also seen a rise in homophobic hate speech. The southeast Asian nation has achieved enviable results in flattening the coronavirus pandemic…

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