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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: 08/27/2018

US Boy, 9, Killed Himself after Homophobic Bullying, Mum Says

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says. Leia Pierce told KDVR-TV that her son, Jamel Myles, revealed to her over…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Kerala Floods: Queer Groups Organize Relief for Thousands, Help Rescue Hundreds

Thiruvananthapuram-based Queerythm turned their 24-hour helpline number for the LGBTIQ+ community into a number for distress calls. Juhi Chawla comes out of the house, barking at a stranger. She settles down only when…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Madrid to Open First Public Retirement Home for Gay People

A project to open an LGBTI friendly retirement home has been given the green light by authorities in Madrid with plans to open it by the end of the year. A building…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Hundreds of Gay People to be ‘treated for homosexuality’ at Camp in Ghana

Around 400 people will reportedly take part in a gay ‘cure’ therapy forum in Ghana. The attendees, who have all allegedly signed up voluntarily, will receive ‘counselling’ and ‘reformation’ at the anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

Germany has Approved Plans to Legally Recognise a Third Gender

Germany’s government has approved plans to introduce a third gender on official forms. In November, the highest court in the country ruled in favour of an intersex person and ordered the Parliament to legally…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Doctor Chided Over Disdain for LGBTI Community

A doctor who expressed disdain towards members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has received a dressing down from another doctor. Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, professor and dean of medicine…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

‘I Still Have Flashbacks’: the ‘Global Epidemic’ of LGBTI Conversion Therapy

“To get your seeds back from the giant in the clouds,” he says wryly. “They tried to make it fun with sports and activities.” One activity involved each of the 80 men…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Pop Star Ellen Joyce Loo was Trailblazer for Hong Kong’s LGBTI Community and Broke Down Stigma Around Mental Illness

On Sunday, the Hong Kong pop star died from a suspected suicide. Reporter Vivienne Chow looks back on her last meeting with the singer, where she appeared to have come to terms…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Israel PM Netanyahu Fails to Appease the LGBTI Community

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a letter in response to criticism from the LGBTI community who have accused him of discrimination after he backtracked his support to extending surrogacy rights to gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Add LGBTI Questions to Census

As the typically dry process of setting questions for the Census moves further into the political arena, Sen. Kamala Harris is pushing to make sure everyone is counted — by adding a…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2018

Growing Homophobia Will Fuel the HIV Epidemic, Experts Fear

Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother's veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring "female chores"…

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