"I've been HIV-positive for 25 years," says Juno Roche. "But as far as statistics go, I'm invisible. A few years ago, I noticed one of my prescriptions still had "male" on it. They still had me down as a man who sleeps with men."
19 May 2016 | VICE
UNAIDS stands with people and organizations around the world in commemorating the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, the day 26 years ago when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The IDAHOT theme for 2016 is mental health and well-being.
18 May 2016 | UNAIDS
A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen.
17 May 2016 | The Guardian
Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.
03 May 2016 | The Hill (blog)
Ever since president Vladimir Putin signed a law in 2013 banning “gay propaganda” conditions have got worse for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia. The law may be limited in scope but the homophobic rhetoric that surrounded it has led to an increase in violence against LGBT people, according to Human Rights Watch.
20 April 2016 | The Guardian
Transgender people are the most affected by HIV but remain largely excluded from policy, program, and funding decisions at national, regional, and global levels, according to a report released in February.
03 March 2016 | Global Fund Observer
The Russian Ministry of Health is proposing new regulations that would mandate the creation of dedicated exam rooms throughout the country for the treatment of what it calls “non-traditional sexual relationships,” including homosexuality and pedophilia.
24 February 2016 | Sexuality Policy Watch
HIV prevention and services for transgender women and men were the focus of several presentations at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC), which took place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, the upcoming Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) will feature a plenary session on transgender people -- a first for this research conference focused on HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.
18 February 2016 | The Body Pro
A sudden onslaught of anti-gay speech and of recommendations aimed at chipping away at the already fragile social standing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country has caught most human rights activists here by surprise.
17 February 2016 | New York Times
Project Inform and Outshine NW explain why they created the free PrEP booklets, which you can download or order.
26 January 2016 | Poz magazine news