• 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: 02/19/2022

One UN human rights expert’s fight to eliminate ‘conversion therapies’

Some 69 States around the world currently criminalise homosexual relations between consenting adults. This means that in just this one area of human rights violations, two billion people are being discriminated against…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2022

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is just the beginning of Florida GOP’s cruelty to LGBTQ kids

Florida Republican lawmakers have declared war on LGBTQ children — all in the name of freedom and “parental rights.” Aka, the rights of parents whose views of sex and sexuality are stuck…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2022

Out in the World: Passage of Global Respect Act signals US stands with LGBTQ people globally

Signaling the importance of global LGBTQ issues, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Global Respect Act. The bill, introduced by gay Congressmember David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island), passed on a vote…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2022

Young trans people around Australia are seeing the news and hearing that they are not worthy of protection

I grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs during the 80s, a knockabout kid who was always a bit worried and generally a bit of a worry. My worry – to the point…

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Rightify Ghana

Rightify Ghana is a human rights organization focused on LGBTQ equality in Ghana. Alturi spoke with the executive director and founder Danny Bediako* to discuss the organization’s critical work, conditions on the…

ADDED ON: 02/08/2022

More Gay and Lesbian People are Vaccinated than Straight People, CDC Finds

Gay and lesbian adults in the U.S. have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine at a higher rate than their straight counterparts, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2022

Israel to open first LGBT shelter for Arab youth

Israel is set to open its first shelter designated for LGBT Arab Israeli youth, in a move hailed as “historic” by one of the lawmakers who led the initiative. The Welfare and…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2022

Abhorrent and Inhumane. So why has a ban on gay conversion therapy in Scotland still not happened?

Is this a good time to bring up the subject of whether Conservative governments can be relied on, whether they stick to their word, whether they keep their promises? It is years…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2022

New highly virulent and damaging HIV variant discovered in the Netherlands

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated, new mutations in viral genetic sequences can have significant impacts on the virus’s transmissibility and the damage it causes. For many years, there have been…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2022

One Trans Woman’s Fight Against a Bill That Would Criminalise Ghana’s LGBT+ Community

In a dimly-lit room with racks of women's clothing, Ghanaian artist and LGBT+ activist Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi flipped through photo self-portraits illustrating her transition to womanhood. Transitioning is not illegal in Ghana,…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2022

South Florida Students Rally Against “Don’t Say Gay” Bill In Florida Legislature.

A group of about a hundred people gathered outside the Pride Center in Wilton Manors Tuesday, rallying against a proposal in the Florida legislature that would limit discussion about LGBTQ issues at…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2022

How HIV elimination is within Australia’s reach.

Australian HIV diagnoses have hit an all-time low, with the country in sight of eliminating transmissions. It's a legacy of Australia's early, effective response, reports Gary Nunn from Sydney. During the outbreak…

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