Stigma Prolongs Global HIV Epidemic Among Gays, Report Indicates

“Stigma and discrimination continue to play a very big role in these epidemics,” Beyrer said in a Hopkins news release. “In many countries, these men are just not welcome in health clinics and the fear of discrimination stands in the way of not only treatment, but even just the testing that can go a long way toward stemming the spread of disease.”


An Open Letter of Support to the Orlando Shooting Victims

I genuinely do not understand how one person can look at another person and not see all of that. How can they look at someone and not imagine the lives they would have touched or changed just by simply existing? How they can look at another person and decide they are wrong for loving someone? Anyone who’s ever experienced any kind of love knows how wonderfully indescribably that feeling can be. I can’t fathom wanting to take that away from anyone.


Finalists for the Martin Ennals Awards 2016 Announced

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders yesterday announced the three finalists who will be receiving this year’s prestigious honor. The award, created in 1993, is granted annually to individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional record of combating human rights violations by courageous means and is in need of protection.


LGBT Journalist Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

A U.S. government employee, who was also the editor of an LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, was hacked to death Monday in the capital of Dhaka, officials said. A group of assailants stormed the home of Xulhaz Mannan, a staffer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, stabbing him and a friend to death. Mannan was a senior editor of Roopbaan, the first gay rights magazine in the country.


Ghanaian Gay Rights Activist on why she Rejected the Queen’s Honour

“If I stand here in my true authentic self, it means I stand here and am able to talk about race without having to leave my gender at the door. I stand here and talk about gender without having to leave my sexual orientation at the door. I stand here being a lesbian – part of the lesbian gay bisexual queer and intersex (LGBTQI) family – without having to leave a hidden disability at the door.