Queer Notes: May-June 2018

From the May-June 2018 issue of News & Letters

by Elise

Trinity College Dublin students marched for quality healthcare for Transgender people. Union of Students in Ireland  members and other Transgender rights supporters marched outside the Irish Parliament, calling for shorter wait times than the current two years for hormone replacement therapy and gender affirming surgery. They also want an informed consent model rather than the medical/diagnostic model, and a ban on psychiatric diagnosis.

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Bisexual female youth suffer depression and suicide more than straight women and Lesbians, facing more bullying and more denial that they exist, from both the straight and the Lesbian and Gay communities. Bisexual youth in general often do not have an adult to turn to for help. The HRC Foundation, BiNet USA, the Bisexual Resource Center and the Bisexual Organizing Project released the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It confirms previous research that Bisexual people face major health disparities throughout our lives.

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Lesbian refugees living in an East African refugee camp will have a chicken farm to tend, established by Alturi, Mossier Social Action and Innovation Center and Rustin Fund for Global Equity. To donate to the project, go to: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/eastafricachickenfarm.

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The government of Bermuda banned same-sex marriage less than a year after its Supreme Court legalized it. In response, activists in a number of countries have called for a boycott of the tourism industry that Bermuda’s economy depends on. However, Queer rights activists in Bermuda, fearful of the harm that many LGBT businesses would suffer, are calling for tourists to patronize those businesses instead.

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