Tag Archive | coronavirus

10 top LGBT+ stories in 2020

10 top LGBT+ stories in 2020

Coronavirus dominated news around the world in 2020, creating particular challenges for the LGBT+ community in terms of mental health, access to HIV medication, and scapegoating by religious groups seeking to apportion blame for the virus. The year provided the backdrop for both victories and setbacks for LGBT+ people, with the lifting of gay sex […]

Taiwan celebrates equality in Asia’s largest Pride march

Taiwan celebrates equality in Asia’s largest Pride march

(Reuters) – More than 130,000 people, many wearing rainbow masks, marched through Taipei on Saturday, to celebrate LGBTQ+ equality and the island’s success in fighting coronavirus, in one of the largest Pride marches globally this year. “Taiwan has done a fantastic job at both equality and pandemic control,” said Chen Wei-chun, a 32-year-old bank employee […]

LGBT+ Americans bear brunt of pandemic’s economic crash

LGBT+ Americans bear brunt of pandemic’s economic crash

Economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is having a harsher impact on LGBT+ Americans than on the general population, said a survey released on Friday, showing gay and trans people 30% more likely to have lost their jobs since May. LGBT+ employees are 20% more likely to have had hours reduced than their straight colleagues, […]

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

WHO official cites AIDS as guide to addressing coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Michael Ryan, of the WHO, said world leaders “need to take a leaf out of the HIV/AIDS activist book” (Reuters) – Healthcare systems worldwide need to upgrade to control disease transmission, and cope with large numbers of sick people during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as future outbreaks, the head of the World Health […]

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

Paris Lewinsky has been taking hormones for almost a year, and is starting to grow breasts. But the transgender Jamaican’s long-held dream of physically transitioning is now under threat, because she cannot afford the drugs she needs. Before the coronavirus hit, Lewinsky, 27, made enough money through sex work, food preparation and working as a […]

Gay, trans Brazilians pummeled by coronavirus economic crisis

Gay, trans Brazilians pummeled by coronavirus economic crisis

One in four unemployed gay and trans Brazilians have lost their jobs recently during the coronavirus outbreak, a survey released on Sunday found, showing that joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians is almost double the nation’s overall rate. Four in 10 LGBT+ people, and more than half of transgender people, said they would not be able to […]

AIDS took away our freedom – the pandemic is doing the same, says Patti Smith

AIDS took away our freedom – the pandemic is doing the same, says Patti Smith

Since punk rock pioneer Patti Smith agreed to write the introduction to a new version of “De Profundis”, the anguished letter Oscar Wilde wrote from jail to his former lover, she has had plenty of opportunity to reflect on incarceration. Smith, whose poetic lyrics and androgynous appearance earned her cult status in the 1970s, should […]

Video: Coping at home #InThisTogether

Video: Coping at home #InThisTogether

Dr Eddie Murphy gives his three expert tips for how to cope during Covid-19.

Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

Coronavirus restrictions amplify health risks to LGBT+ people with HIV

It started with headaches then came nausea and diarrhea. Within two weeks, gay Ugandan barber, Eric, had became so weak without his HIV medication he could not walk, and had to be hospitalised. “I was in the hospital for a week and four days. I nearly lost my life,” said Eric, 26, by phone from […]

Uganda: Court orders release of LGBT+ after coronavirus charges dropped

Uganda: Court orders release of LGBT+ after coronavirus charges dropped

A Ugandan court on Monday ordered the release of 19 LGBT+ people, jailed for almost 50 days for risking spreading the new coronavirus, after public prosecutors withdrew the charges. The 13 gay men, two bisexual men, and four transgender women, were arrested on March 29, when police raided an LGBT+ shelter on the outskirts of Kampala. […]