INTERSEX people are born with atypical physical, hormonal or genetic sex characteristics. Historically, the word “hermaphrodite” was used. Hermaphrodite has since become more closely associated, in biology, with species that can perform “male” and “female” sexual functions — something impossible in mammals. Intersex describes 40 or more known diagnoses, most of them genetic, with an extraordinary variety in bodies and identities. >>>
Studies have shown that intimate partner violence can increase the risk of HIV infection by around 50% and that one in three women experience violence by their intimate partner during their lifetime. There is also evidence that violence, or the fear of violence undermines access to treatment, care and support services for women living with HIV.
In a gathering, more research on results of faith-based HIV treatment programs was highlighted as a priority, as well as strategic communication about the good work done by these organizations, and more intensive networking and sharing of good practice models. >>>
Outrage Magazine launched Bahaghari Media Awards to give recognition to media personalities whose works not only highlight the real plight of LGBTQI Filipinos, but – by doing so – help in the struggle for equal rights. >>>
UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recently joined UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Dr Luiz Loures and the Indian Secretary of the Department of AIDS Control Dr VK Subburaj on a mission in Mumbai to highlight the impact of gender-based violence and the need to continue scaling up efforts to stop new HIV infections among children.
Tolerant, compassionate and peace-loving people around the world lent their hearts and voices to raise awareness and celebrate Zero Discrimination Day for the first time on 1 March 2014. The day was an unprecedented opportunity for people in every corner of the world to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family. >>>
Eating disorders impact a "disproportionate" number of gay men, according to a new Salon article. This week, HuffPost Live spoke at length with a number of gay men who say they've struggled with eating disorders.
Growing acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States and around the globe will fuel the travel and hospitality industries and boost spending by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers, experts say. >>>
Working in partnership with the businesses in Soi Paradise of Patong, the Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) has produced T-shirts with safe sex messages printed on them. All the T-shirts have the same message printed on the back ‘Safe Sex Only in Phuket Please’ and three different messages on the front: *I Have Been Tested Have You?; *Know Your Status, Get Tested ; and A condom is for life not just for Christmas.
A Christian school in Hong Kong has banned gay teachers and made staff sign a ‘Morality Contract’ in a case both activists and the Equal Opportunities Commission say shows an urgent need for tougher anti-discrimination laws in Hong Kong, reports Simon Parry in the China Daily newspaper. >>>
As much as we like to consider ourselves highly evolved beings free from prejudice, recent anti-gay protests around the world have proved that we still have a way to go. That narrow-mindedness also exists in Hong Kong, where members of the LGBT community can be marginalised for their lifestyle choices.