Services Under Siege: Violence against LGBT People Stymies HIV Prevention & Treatment

Published: December 10, 2015

New Global Review Examines Prevalence of Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and Impact on Access to HIV Services Released today on International Human Rights Day, a disturbing and sobering report from MSMGF examines levels of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world, revealing a high frequency of brutal attacks across all regions. The …

Seeking home: The lives of gay and transgender asylum seekers of the Middle East

Published: March 31, 2015

The Washington Post Nicole Crowder Original Article:  wapo.st/1CHK21C Beginning in Damascus, Syria, in 2010, photojournalist Bradley Secker began to document the lives of gay Iraqi refugees that had fled Iraq to escape homophobic violence. Shortly after chronicling their stories, Secker crossed borders and traveled to Turkey, following Iranians, Turkish Kurds, Syrians and more Iraqis who were claiming asylum abroad or fighting …

Nigeria: Strengthening the HIV/Aids Intervention Programmes in Nigeria

Published: March 31, 2015

allAfrica Jacinta Nwachukwu and Franca Ofili Original Article:  bit.ly/19GFNHX Nigeria, with an estimated population of 160 million, ranks second to South Africa in the factsheet on countries with people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide, representing nine percent of the global burden of the disease. According to a recent report of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigeria has put in …

All general election candidates asked to pledge support for trans rights

Published: March 30, 2015

PinkNews Joseph Patrick McCormick Original Article:  bit.ly/1xuv3rv All general election candidates have been asked to pledge support for trans rights. Campaigners for trans rights are calling on all general election candidates to support the three principles underpinning the Trans Manifesto. The Trans Manifesto was launched in April 2014 to draw politicians’ attention to areas where trans people face inequality. 15 …

Mar 30 2015 Guide for people living with HIV to disability benefit claims

Published: March 30, 2015

NAT Original Article:  bit.ly/1Ge7bdp NAT (National AIDS Trust) has developed guidance for people living with HIV on how to provide relevant evidence for new disability benefits applications. The guide, created in partnership with the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA), explains the importance of evidence from health and care professionals for the new disability benefits, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA*) and …

Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa's High-Risk Groups

Published: March 28, 2015

INTER PRESS SERVICE Jeffrey Moyo Original Article:  bit.ly/1bL82XP Tatenda Chivata, a 16-year old from Zimbabwe’s Mutoko rural district, was suspended from school for an entire three-month academic term after he was found with a used condom stashed in his schoolbag. Regerai Chigodora, a 34-year-old prisoner at a jail in Harare, had his 36-year sentence stretched to 45 years after he …

How many people in Ireland are gay?

Published: March 27, 2015

THE IRISH TIMES Carl O’ Brien Original Article:  bit.ly/1BtJyr4 Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to talk about sexuality? And, more specifically, how comfortable are gays and lesbians about disclosing their sexual orientation? When the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Family Values poll asked people to …

Performers seek your help for LGBT refugees in Kenya

Published: March 27, 2015

ERASING 76 CRIMES Colin Stewart Original Article:  bit.ly/1D7PKMp Only a few hours are left to the Entertainment Fundraiser for Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers currently lodged in different parts of Kenya. Kanobana Mwanje Franco, who is in charge of organising the fundraising event is trying out a brand new blonde wig, a silver necklace and attire for the performance. “I will …

Report calls for training for care home staff on LGBT issues

Published: March 26, 2015

PinkNews Naith Payton Original Article:  bit.ly/1HM4JNf The report was based on discussions with service users, carers and dementia groups and LGBT organisations for older people. It highlights the need to be sensitive and accommodating to specific LGBT issues in patients with dementia, without allowing it to be the entire focus of care. It also points out that dementia can cause …

The Global Fund New Funding Model and Country Dialogue: Involvement of MSM and Transgender People in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Published: March 26, 2015

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health Report prepared by: Marcus Oda Original Report:  bit.ly/1HKajzM Executive Summary The report assesses the engagement of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in the country dialogue and other national HIV/AIDS planning processes in countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia(EECA). Using desktop review of available documents on national HIV programs and …

Alice Nkom: Preventing gay Cameroonians from accessing HIV care violates their human rights

Published: March 26, 2015

PinkNews Scott Roberts Original Article:  bit.ly/1BvCYRL  Nkom says her country will never get on top of its HIV epidemic if it continues to prevent gay citizens from accessing healthcare through repressive laws. The campaigner told PinkNews it was a “key issue” in Cameroon because “you violate the human rights of people to access health, medicines and treatment”. “When you see …

Assessment of HIV Internally Displaced Situations

Published: March 26, 2015

UNHCR Original Report:  bit.ly/1NjDl7J 1. Introduction The factors that determine HIV transmission in internally displaced situations are complex and depend on the context. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are defined as “persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of, or …