Zambian civil groups express deep concern over compulsory HIV testing

LUSAKA, Zambia — The Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC), Community Initiative for Malaria and Tuberculosis (CITAMplus), Coalition for Zambian Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COZWHA), Network of ARV Users and Zambian Network of Religious Living or Personally Affected by  HIV and AIDS (ZANERELA) have commended the Zambian Government on launching HIV Counseling Testing […]

Nepal hosts Gay Pride Parade demanding equal rights

KATHMANDU — Hundreds of members of Nepal’s gay community marched through Kathmandu on Tuesday, many wearing vibrant costumes and carrying rainbow flags and balloons, in an annual pride parade. The Hindustan Times reported that around 1,500 people took part in the parade, paying tribute to members of the LGBT community who had died in 2017, […]

Kuwait deports 76 gay men in crackdown

MANAMA —  Kuwait has deported 76 homosexuals and shut down 22 massage parlors this year, the head of a morals committee has said. Gulf News reported that the gay men were apprehended during nationwide campaigns aimed at enforcing the law regulating massage parlors. The committee, made up of representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs […]

New survey reveals 13 percent of the Canadian population belongs to the LGBT community

MONTREAL – According to the recent Fondation Jasmin Roy survey “LGBT Realities”, 13% of the Canadian population belongs to the LGBT community. Because they fear being rejected, hindered from progressing in their careers or mocked and bullied, 54% of LGBT respondents have not come out to their work colleagues, and 45% have not come out to […]

Cunard welcomes same-sex marriages on its iconic three ships

VALENCIA, Calif. — Luxury cruise brand, Cunard, has welcomed its first booking by a same-sex couple following a recent Supreme Court ruling enabling same-sex marriages in Bermuda, where Cunard’s fleet of ships is registered. The ruling means that Cunard, which has offered weddings on its ships for the past five years and has married over 250 […]

Kingdom of Swaziland achieves over 73% viral load suppression among adults living with HIV

MBABANE/GENEVA, — UNAIDS has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini today in Mbabane, Swaziland that 73% of the adult population aged 15 years and older are virally suppressed—76% of adult women and 68% of adult men. The […]

Singapore voids marriage of trans woman and her wife

SINGAPORE — As The Straits Times has reported July 18, the Registry of Marriages (“the Registry”) has voided the marriage of a transgender woman and her partner in an unprecedented case in Singapore condemned by OutRight Action International. Known as FK and BS, the couple were married in October 2015 while FK was still designated […]

New report calls on United Nations to address the health and well-being of LGBTI people

A new report released today by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and OutRight Action International in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and […]

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS

GENEVA, ADDIS ABABA —African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in […]

Marriage equality moves forward in Germany

BERLIN — Today, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, voted to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, – which is expected to be a formality – and signed into law by the president, Germany will become the 22nd country to secure […]

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