26 July 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


LGBT Israelis outraged by new surrogacy law
by Bay Area Reporter, 25 Jul 2018

Thousands of LGBT Israelis and supporters took to the streets July 22 for a one-day strike called by queer movement leaders to protest a new surrogacy law that excludes LGBT people and single men.
Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, passed a new amendment July 18 allowing single women and women who are unable to become pregnant for medical reasons to utilize state support for surrogacy, but excluded LGBT people and single men.

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HIV prevention efforts must reach most vulnerable – adolescents, young women, LGBTI communities
by United Nations Population Fund News, 23 Jul 2018

Netherlands/Lesotho/Botswana – The number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen to its lowest point this century thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatment, according to a newly released report. Yet prevention efforts are leaving the most vulnerable behind.
Last year, about 40 per cent of new HIV infections took place among key populations – a group including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, people who inject drugs, and other at-risk groups – and their sexual partners.

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'We are ready': Singapore's LGBTI community celebrates 10th Pride rally
by Gaystar News, 23 Jul 2018

Singapore’s largest LGBTQ-affirming movement, Pink Dot SG, celebrated its 10th anniversary at the weekend.
The LGBTI rally has overcome a lot of adversity to make it to its 10th birthday.
But on the weekend thousands of Singaporeans and Permanent Residents sent a strong message to the country. The thousands of attendees used pink lights to spell out ‘three simple yet powerful words – “We Are Ready” – a clarion call for inclusion, diversity and equality’.

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Police warn 'real possibility' of increase in LGBTI hate crime due to Brexit: New report finds 'significant problems' in police addressing hate crime in the UK
by Gaystar News, 19 Jul 2018

A police watchdog warned there’s a ‘real possibility’ of an increase in LGBTI hate crime as a direct result of Brexit.
According to a new report, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said hate crime rose during the 2016 referendum and it’s likely to rise again when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at the end of March 2019.
The report said: ‘Police forces should prepare for this eventuality.’
Police should also ‘make sure that the recommendations in this report are used in the future to improve the police response to hate crime victims.’

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