Tag Archive | coronavirus

Elderly LGBT – Isolation, HIV memories hit hard in lockdowns

Elderly LGBT – Isolation, HIV memories hit hard in lockdowns

As lockdowns are imposed around the world to stop the spread of coronavirus, LGBT+ groups are scrambling to support older members of their community, who are more likely to live alone and suffer from poor health than their heterosexual peers. With community centres and other face-to-face services forced to shut from Mexico City to New […]

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India’s coronavirus lockdown leaves transgender people at heightened risk of poverty and ill-health, because they exist on the margins of society […] activists and community members said on Tuesday. The warning came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion, where the virus has claimed at least […]

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are ‘on the wrong side of history’, leading human rights specialists said on Monday. A bill presented by the ruling coalition of Andorra, a nation of 80,000 people on the border of France and Spain, […]

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

The coronavirus is causing the closure of homeless centres across the United States, putting LGBT+ people without housing at increased risk of suicide, health complications or hate crimes, according to homelessness experts. Homeless centres said they have been forced to shut their doors in order to follow safety precautions over social distancing as enforced by […]

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

(Reuters) – Scientists at Britain’s Oxford University have started a clinical trial to investigate the effects of an HIV medicine and a steroid drug in UK patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus. The first patients have already been enrolled for the trial within the country’s National Health Service, the researchers […]

HRC: Unique LGBTQ Vulnerabilities During COVID-19

HRC: Unique LGBTQ Vulnerabilities During COVID-19

On Friday, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation, published a research brief outlining health and economic risks faced by the LGBTQ community during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  This brief provides critical data for policymakers and community advocates working to address the health and […]

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

UN human rights experts* have urged States to avoid overreach of security measures in their response to the coronavirus outbreak and reminded them that emergency powers should not be used to quash dissent. “While we recognise the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international […]