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LGB people are overall happier and healthier in communities with fewer ‘no’ votes in last year’s same-sex marriage referendum. Shutterstock

How stigma impacts LGB health and wellbeing in Australia

New research shows that LGB people living in communities with low levels of stigma report better health and well-being.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer immigrants are generally not considered by policymakers and settlement providers. Shutterstock

LGBTQ immigrants need better settlement services

A recent study reveals that immigrant-serving organizations in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador do not demonstrate an awareness of racially diverse LGBTQ immigrants.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people who were forced out of the military or public service and some who were even prosecuted criminally for “gross indecency.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

LGBTQ2 apology is a good start, but it’s not enough

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to make a formal apology to LGBTQ2 communities for past state-sanctioned discrimination against them in Canada. But the apology must be more than just words.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Family, community and university support helps lesbian students thrive

Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
Rod Stewart performs in concert last July at Jones Beach theatre in Wantagh, N.Y. (Shutterstock)

Why Rod Stewart’s gay ballad ‘Georgie’ was ahead of its time

Rod Stewart, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll singers, is still current with his new DNCE co-release. What many don't know is 40 years ago he wrote the first pop song to address gay rights.
A photo entitled “Apprehension” is part of the Still Here project at the University of British Columbia’s Men’s Health Research Program. The project uses photos to engage gay and bisexual men who have previously struggled with suicide.

Why do so many gay and bisexual men die from suicide?

Pride Month: It's time to talk about the shockingly high rate of suicide among gay and bisexual men. Photos and stories in the Still Here project document the complex reasons.
Embedding members of the LGBTI community within senior ranks of a business can diffuse workplace homophobic attitudes and create an environment of inclusiveness. Dan Peled/AAP

Homophobia is harmful to workers and businesses

The continued presence of homophobic attitudes in society and the workplace has been eroding the productivity and profitability of Australian businesses.

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