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November 21, 2013

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, has received a plea for more tolerance for LGBTIs in China from a group of Chinese mothers with gay children

The wife of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has received a letter from a group of Chinese mothers with LGBTI children, urging the Asian superpower to do more to encourage acceptance of LGBTI people in order to combat the spread of HIV.

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan is a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and received the letter from the five women Tuesday.

October 19, 2013

Stop Trans Pathologization’s global rally to get American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization revise their manuals gathers steam in Manila

While Fleur Rose is asking people to sign a global petition that is urging World Health Organization to stop treating transpeople as mentally ill, Dindi Tan is getting ready for a “convergence for fun” in Manila Saturday to strengthen transgender health.

September 4, 2013

The Catholic Jesuit order in the United States has produced a video series saying LGBT people are welcome in the church following Pope Francis I’s comments that he cannot judge gay people

US Jesuits released a series of YouTube videos telling LGBT people they are welcome in the church during July and August in response to Pope Francis’s comments that he cannot judge gay people.

The Jesuit Ignatian News Network released the Who are We to Judge – Gay Catholics series starting July 30 which features interviews with a series of prominent gay Catholics and LGBT affirming clergy.

August 25, 2013

Rife corruption in interim government sees WHO funds misused to turn Bangkok meet into junket for officials

Nepal’s interim government ignored the country’s growingly visible LGBT community and instead sent three officials to a crucial meet on HIV in Bangkok in a rampant misuse of World Health Organization (WHO) funds, the LGBT community says.

The three-day regional meeting in Bangkok from 21 August was to be an interaction of experts on men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, people working with the community, and MSMs and transgenders living with HIV.

July 18, 2013

The DFB is going to send a 28-page leaflet to all 26,000 German football clubs, with tips on how to prevent discrimination

The German Football Federation (DFB) is going to send a pro-gay leaflet to all the 26,000 German football clubs.

The aim of the project is to suggest LGBT footballers still in the closet to come out.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), LGBT people represent at least the 6% of the total world population.

June 1, 2013

Egypt's Health Minister, Mohamed Mostafa Hamed, boasted that he ‘succeeded’ in deleting an item on improving the health of LGBT people from the agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO)

LGBT health issues were removed from the agenda of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) board meeting, after Egypt and other member states of the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa objected.

Egypt's Health Minister Mohamed Mostafa Hamed boasted yesterday (30 May) that his country ‘succeeded’ in deleting an item on improving the health of LGBT people from the agenda of the WHO’s 133rd Executive Board meeting that was held in Geneva.

May 31, 2013

Most gays and lesbians who have gone through ‘conversion therapy’ say they have been harmed long-term – isolated, depressed and in sham marriages, says new survey

Gays and lesbians who go through gay ‘cures’ have told how it has left them suicidal or depressed with many reporting having sex with their counselors.

The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Survey has been published by Jallen Rix on the Beyond Ex Gay website.

The survey was designed not to be a scientific sample but to give a voice to those who have gone through ‘conversion therapy’ to turn them straight – which the World Health Organization has labeled as misguided and dangerous.

May 31, 2013

Google Play keeps Setting Captives Free app which aims to ‘cure’ gay people in 60 days

Google has decided to keep offering a smartphone app which offers ‘freedom from the bondage of homosexuality’ despite having reviewed it, Gay Star News can reveal.

Created by the Christian group Setting Captives Free, the app attempts to ‘cure’ people of being gay in 60 days.

May 30, 2013

Nepal's Supreme Court found charity backed by Joanna Lumley and Demi Moore detained the woman because husband wanted to 'cure' her of being lesbian

Nepal’s Supreme Court has slammed a world-famous charity which detained a vulnerable woman against her will and tried to 'cure' her of being a lesbian.

The charity Maiti Nepal counts British TV celebrity, actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley as an ambassador and has been supported by Hollywood star Demi Moore, among others. The founder won CNN's hero of the year award in 2010.

The charity is supposed to stop the trafficking of women and girls from Nepal into India where they are forced into prostitution.

May 15, 2013

Transgender Europe will launch a Trans Rights Europe Map and Index on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Trans people are still suffering from discrimination,  prejudice and persecution in Europe, a new report has found.

Published on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May), it will expose the 'bleak' legal challenges trans people face across 49 countries in Europe.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) will show which of the countries require sterilization in legal gender recognition and which do not provide for any procedures.

The index will present an in-depth overview of the legal human rights situation for trans people.

March 19, 2013

University of East London has blocked an Islamist meeting with hate preachers Khalid Yasin and Jalal Ibn Saeed

Following lobbying by rights group, the University of East London (UEL) blocked an Islamist meeting that featured anti-gay preachers Khalid Yasin and Jalal Ibn Saeed.

February 1, 2013

Research shows that HIV testing and treatment failed to curb infection rates among UK gay and bisexual men

Efforts to reduce HIV transmission among UK gay and bisexual men over the past decade have failed, according to a new study.

The research published in today’s Lancet (1 Feburary) shows that infection rates have remained stable despite increased testing and treatment.

While there has been a four-fold increase in testing rate and an advance in treatment uptake from 69 to 80 percent, new infections in England and Wales have flat-lined at 2,300 to 2,500 a year.

December 23, 2012

A three judge appeals panel has ruled the ban on reparative therapy for under 18s , which could be ruled as unconstitutional, will be put on hold until further notice

A federal appeals court has put California’s plans to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors on hold.

On Friday (21 December), a three-judge panel of the ninth US circuit court of appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality.

Despite the World Health Organization calling it ‘dangerous and abusive’, the court is concerned it will affect the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists and churches who would have been banned from carrying out the practice.

November 14, 2012

A transgender woman from the Philippines recently won an international beauty competition, but Filipina trans rights advocate Naomi Fontanos tells Gay Star News there’s more to transgender life than looking beautiful

Transgender women are nearly as visible in the Philippines as they are in Thailand, but does that mean the have a full bill of rights? Far from it, says Naomi Fontanos, founder of transgender rights group GANDA (Gender and Development Advocates) Filipinas. She talks to Gay Star News about health and legal advocacy, using contraceptives as hormones, the Catholic church and beauty pageants.

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October 17, 2012

My Transsexual Summer's Maxwell Zachs joins tens of thousands in call for World Health Organization to declassify trans as a mental illness

The cast of My Transsexual Summer have joined thousands around the globe in calling for the World Health Organization to recognize that trans is not an illness.

More than 35,000 people around the world have backed a Change.org petition started by Maxwell Zachs, a cast member from last summer's hit UK reality TV show My Transsexual Summer.

September 30, 2012

US state becomes the first to ban mental health practitioners from carrying out so-called conversion therapy

California has become the first American state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors after the Governor signed a bill to outlaw it yesterday (29 September).

The bill, sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu, stops psychiatrists and churches from performing conversion, or reparative therapy, which the World Health Organization calls ‘dangerous and abusive’.

September 6, 2012

Mothers of gay children in China sent an open letter of complaint to the education bureau in Hangzhou, near Shanghai

Eighteen mothers of gay children have called on the education bureau in Hangzhou near Shanghai, China to withdraw just published booklets which list ways parents can ‘prevent homosexuality’.

The booklet, Parents Please Walk Your Children Through Puberty, describes homosexuality as a type of ‘sexual deviance’ and says (as translated by Shanghaiist):

August 10, 2012

Campaigners say conference to train people in dangerous ‘cures’ for gay and trans people will be shifted to Chesterfield, England

LGBT activists are on red alert as a Christian ministry prepares for a meeting which will allegedly train people how to carry out discredited ‘cures’ for homosexual and trans impulses.

It is now believed conference – the 2012 ‘Healing Week’ running from 12 to 18 August – will be held in city of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

July 16, 2012

How to differentiate between a healthy sex life and a sex addiction that is out of control

Gay men have a fairly well-deserved reputation for generally being pre-occupied with sex. While saunas, sex-on-premises venues and sex parties are still the go-to option for many guys looking for a sexual release, the rapid growth of location-based dating apps such as Grindr have, for some guys, elevated the search for sex to a 24-7 occupation.

For some people, a constant need for sex can become a compulsion, an all-consuming obsession that health professionals describe as a ‘sex addiction’.

June 14, 2012

Gay and bisexual men around the world are still banned or restricted from giving blood, even when risk is low

Campaigners are marking World Blood Donor Day by calling for the ban and restrictions on gay men giving blood to be lifted globally.

Today (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people to be a 'hero' and give the 'life-saving gift' of blood.

On its website, the UN agency states that 'every one of us can become a hero simply by giving blood'.

However, gay and bisexual men in most countries around the world are banned entirely from donating and in many where it is allowed, are required to abstain from sex for at least a year.

May 17, 2012

Pan American Health Organization says ‘reparative therapies’ are a ‘serious threat’ to lesbian, gay and bisexual people exposed to them

Attempts to ‘cure’ lesbian, gay and bisexual people aren’t medically justified and endanger patients, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today.

And it wants those who try to carry out the unjustified ‘therapies’ exposed and punished by national authorities.

PAHO’s released a position statement on the issue to tie in with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

May 17, 2012

Pan American Health Organization says ‘reparative therapies’ are a ‘serious threat’ to lesbian, gay and bisexual people exposed to them

Attempts to ‘cure’ lesbian, gay and bisexual people aren’t medically justified and endanger patients, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today.

And it wants those who try to carry out the unjustified ‘therapies’ exposed and punished by national authorities.

PAHO’s released a position statement on the issue to tie in with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

March 3, 2012

Despite appeals by Amnesty, journalists and diplomats, Tunisia's Human Rights minister stands by his words that gays are sick and their freedom of expression should be limited

Tunisia's minister for human rights Samir Dilou is sticking by the homophobic statement he made on celebrity host Samir Wafi’s TV talkshow on 4 February despite domestic and international pressure.

January 23, 2012

NGO report warns of impending HIV crisis among gay and trans in Latin America.

Experts are warning of an impending HIV crisis among gay men and transgender people in Latin America as a result of vital funding cuts.

Millions of people will have to go without HIV services and many may die waiting for treatment as a result of the Global Fund's cuts to grants, according to a report by The International HIV/AIDS Alliance.