• 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: 02/01/2022

German Bishops Back the LGBT Campaign.

Several German bishops have praised the extensive LGBT media campaign involving German priests and church workers, accusing the Catholic Church of advocating “defamatory” teachings on “gender and sexuality.” The teaching of the…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2022

Tough times for trans Indonesians, battered by Covid and the label ‘LGBT’.

The adoption of the label “LGBT” for Indonesia’s sexual minorities has increased their visibility but also made them a target of conservatives’ hostility, according to author/researcher Hendri Yulius Wijaya. Covid-19 restrictions have…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2022

Mental Health of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Population in China.

A systematic review found a high prevalence of mental health problems among transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals living in China and that there was limited access or use of gender-affirming or…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2022

He started an LGBTQ magazine during the pandemic. Here’s what he learned.

Ten years have passed since the germ of the idea for a Florida-based LGBTQ publication first came to journalist John Sotomayor. And in 10 years, much has changed. To start an LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2022

Qtalk counselors call the LGBTQ+ advice app ‘truly brilliant’, ‘a life saver’

In Nigeria, the Qtalk app on Android phones is “a life saver”, “truly brilliant” and “like magic”, according to counselors who use it to provide free confidential advice to LGBTQ+ Nigerians. Through…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2022

LGBT veterans: Flashbacks after ‘sadistic’ interrogation

A gay veteran said being starved, denied sleep and subjected to "sadistic" internal examinations on an RAF station has left him with flashbacks and depression 35 years on. Simon Hinchley-Robson was discharged…

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James Bates — Gender Community Lending Library, United Kingdom

Since the beginning of 2021, the Gender Community Lending Library has supported the LGBTQ+ community by providing access to trans and queer texts for people across the United Kingdom. I spoke with…

ADDED ON: 01/23/2022

Overturning Roe would also devastate LGBTQIA+ community

This year marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and it is no coincidence that there is currently much discourse about the potential for the Supreme Court to overturn this decision.…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2022

Rightify Ghana launches fundraising appeal to expand advocacy for LGBTQI+ people

A leading LGBT advocacy group in Ghana that has put a spotlight on what it calls the “worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever” is seeking donations from LGBTQ rights supporters worldwide in order to…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2022

Historic blood shortage fuels calls for FDA to ease restrictions on gay men donating blood

Pressure is mounting on the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate longstanding restrictions on gay or bisexual men donating blood in the United States as the blood shortage reaches a dire level.…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2022

Veterans can now identify as trans and nonbinary in VA health records

Veterans in the U.S. are now able to identify as transgender and and nonbinary in official medical records, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week. “All veterans, all people, have a…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2022

Gay South Korean couple lose equal coverage lawsuit against health insurer

A Seoul court rejected a landmark lawsuit by a same-sex couple over shared health insurance benefits Friday, a ruling that advocates say highlights the challenges the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community…

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