Tag Archive | coronavirus

Poland: Gay couple fights prejudice/coronavirus with rainbow masks

Poland: Gay couple fights prejudice/coronavirus with rainbow masks

(Reuters) – Married gay couple, Dawid Mycek and Jakub Kwiecinski, say they face frequent abuse in Poland for being part of a so-called “homosexual plague.” “So we thought that if we are dealing right now with a real plague (the new coronavirus) we could help protect people from this plague and do something good,” said […]

US: Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in coronavirus response

US: Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in coronavirus response

More than 180 rights groups on Monday asked the US Congress to take steps to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in the coronavirus pandemic, saying the community faces long-standing bias in health care that has left them wary of seeking help. In a letter, the coalition called upon Democratic and Republican party leaders in the […]

Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

Russia: Black market for HIV drug to try on coronavirus

(Reuters) – A black market has developed in Russia for an antiviral HIV drug explored as a possible treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to sellers, HIV activists, and the head of the drug’s main Russian producer. More than 20 trials around the world are testing Kaletra as a […]

Tonight: ‘LGBTI Challenges During COVID 19’ on Insta Live – ILGA Europe

Tonight: ‘LGBTI Challenges During COVID 19’ on Insta Live – ILGA Europe

ILGA-Europe will host a discussion on Insta Live tonight, about the difficulties facing LGBTI people during the Coronavirus pandemic, and ask that you join the discussion: “#LGBTI communities have been affected by the #COVID19 pandemic in particularly harsh ways, while the way forward looks unclear”. On Monday, 20th April, at 8pm CET, join ILGA Europe’s […]

Australia moves to ease rules on gay blood donors

Australia moves to ease rules on gay blood donors

Australia is set to ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood, health officials said on Friday, a move decried as “window dressing” by LGBT+ groups, who criticised restrictions that would remain in place. The proposed change – which needs to be approved by federal and state governments – would cut a 12-month waiting […]

UN urges nations to protect LGBT+ people amid coronavirus

UN urges nations to protect LGBT+ people amid coronavirus

The United Nations on Friday urged countries to protect LGBT+ people against discrimination when seeking health care during the pandemic, saying they may be hesitant to seek medical services, and be especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Members of the LGBT+ community with HIV or AIDS may have compromised immune systems, or a higher chance of […]

Africa: Coronavirus takes toll on LGBT+ with evictions and arrests

Africa: Coronavirus takes toll on LGBT+ with evictions and arrests

Just before breakfast on a Sunday morning, Ugandan security forces stormed an LGBT+ shelter outside the capital Kampala, accusing more than 20 gay, bisexual, and transgender people of spreading the new coronavirus. Eye-witnesses said the police took everyone’s phones and shoes, and soldiers bound their hands with rope and marched them barefoot to a nearby […]

US: Volunteers sew AIDS Memorial Quilt fabric into coronavirus masks

US: Volunteers sew AIDS Memorial Quilt fabric into coronavirus masks

An army of volunteers in California is using extra fabric from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to make face masks for US homeless people and frontline workers, during the new coronavirus crisis. With about 50,000 panels dedicated to some 100,000 people who have died from AIDS, the quilt is the world’s largest ongoing piece of community […]

GIG Review: Forever Young Virtual Festival – Sat. 11 April

GIG Review: Forever Young Virtual Festival – Sat. 11 April

Gig Review By Frances Winston Forever Young Virtual Festival Saturday 11th April 2020. Online in your living room. €2 with all proceeds going to purchase PPE equipment for frontline workers Your friendly neighbourhood reviewer is back, after what feels like an eternity. But with the world shut down, there isn’t much to review. Until now. […]

US: Calls mount to lift trans military ban during coronavirus

US: Calls mount to lift trans military ban during coronavirus

Nic Talbott put himself on the frontline of the new coronavirus pandemic – he got a job at his local Walmart in the midwestern US state of Ohio. His first choice was to enlist in the military but, as a transgender man, he was not allowed. Sunday marks the first anniversary of a ban on […]