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UN says gays are victims of violent abuse all over the world

The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world and cites hundreds of hate-related killings. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said actions by some countries to reduce violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since the last report in 2011 have been overshadowed by continuing human rights violations against these groups, too often perpetrated with impunity. See http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Discrimination/A.HRC.19.41_English.pdf for report.

Published
18 hours ago
From
Associated Press
Douglas Carswell says Nigel Farage was 'mean-spirited and wrong' about HIV

Tensions at the heart of Ukip resurface as Douglas Carswell attacks Nigel Farage for suggesting foreign patients with Aids should not be treated on the NHS.

Published
01 June 2015
From
The Telegraph
The Reckless Prosecution of ‘Tiger Mandingo’

Michael Johnson’s trial for HIV exposure was a “perfect storm” of homophobia, racism and the criminalization of black bodies.

Published
31 May 2015
From
The Nation
New START Data Fill in When to Start ART, Now the Question is How

It's critical to recognize that figuring out when to start is only part of the puzzle. The question of how to start is equally critical and isn’t going to be settled by any randomized trial. The how concerns the environment in which individuals are offered treatment, the services that are part of that offer—peer support, community-based refills, non-biased provider care, among others—and the ways that the decision to start is framed.

Published
29 May 2015
From
AVAC
Australia: Victoria repeals section 19A to reduce HIV stigma in law

THE repeal of Section 19A of the Victorian Crimes Act, specifically criminalising the transmission of HIV, has passed the upper house of the Victorian Parliament with bipartisan and cross-bench support. The only law of its kind in Australia, and while 19A has never successfully been used to convict, it has widely been considered to contribute to the stigma experienced by people living with HIV.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Sydney Star Observer
Kenya: High Court Orders LGBT Group Registration

The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking decision, ruled on April 24, 2015, that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch said today. “The court decision is a significant victory for the LGBT community, not only in Kenya, but elsewhere in Africa where LGBT groups have faced similar obstacles to registration,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch. “An LGBT organization’s ability to register and advocate for its members is fundamental for free association, free speech, and equality under the law.”

Published
27 May 2015
From
Human Rights Watch
Surviving Life Itself

Mark S King on long-term survival: "In the decades since those sorrowful days, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from AIDS, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. That life has included falling in love, changing careers, teasing my friends, watching my cats wrestle one another, and looking forward to whatever lies ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and joyful anticipation. And it is this prism—one that includes AIDS as only a segment of my life—through which I view the world today."

Published
26 May 2015
From
POZ
Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked a critical question: Can canvassers with a personal stake in an issue — in this case, gay men and women — actually sway voters’ opinions in a lasting way? Last week, their finding that gay canvassers were in fact powerfully persuasive with people who had voted against same-sex marriage — published in December in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals — collapsed amid accusations that Mr. LaCour had misrepresented his study methods and lacked the evidence to back up his findings.

Published
26 May 2015
From
New York Times
HIV-positive vicar overwhelmed by response to video

The Rev Hayley Young of Hampshire creates video using words on sheets of cardboard to explain illness to congregation.

Published
26 May 2015
From
The Guardian
Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
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