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  • New Sex-positive Videos Showcase Transgender Health Issues

    What are the sexual health decisions that transgender people face, and how do their decisions impact health and wellness? Decisions around PrEP, personal empowerment, dating and sex are explored in two new videos created in a partnership between Project Inform and Outshine NW. The videos were written, directed, facilitated and performed by transgender community members.

    23 June 2016 | BETA blog
  • The Lancet: Transgender rights critical for the health of 25 million transgender people worldwide

    2015 was an unprecedented year in the recognition of transgender rights in some high-income countries. However, as a new Series published in The Lancet today reveals, public recognition has yet to translate to a concerted effort to support and improve the health of transgender people across the world.

    17 June 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • UN pledges to end Aids epidemic but plan barely mentions those most at risk

    UN member states have pledged to end the Aids epidemic by 2030, but campaigners say the strategy adopted by the 193-nation general assembly on Wednesday barely mentions those most at risk of contracting HIV/Aids: men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and intravenous drug users. Activists walked out in protest after the resolution was adopted.

    09 June 2016 | The Guardian
  • 2016 U.N. Political Declaration on Ending AIDS a disappointing and unprincipled setback in the fight against AIDS

    The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is profoundly dismayed with the decision made by a majority of United Nations member states to adopt a flawed document. The Political Declaration on Ending AIDS by 2030 was meant to provide a compass for global and national policy, law, regulation, funding and programming. It could have been an important advocacy tool for civil society to hold governments to account. Sadly, the Declaration misses the mark—by a long shot. It fails to advance the needs, interests and rights of those most affected by HIV.

    09 June 2016 | GNP+
  • The Dangerous Silence Around HIV Prevention for Women and Trans People

    "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 calls for full and complete access to quality health care, including mental health care, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

    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
  • Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

    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
  • Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

    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)
  • Gay clubbing and stoic activism in Russia’s homophobic heartland

    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
  • Report shows that transgender people are left behind in the fight against HIV 

    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
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