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Malta adopts ground-breaking gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics law

Yesterday, Maltese parliamentarians wrote history by adopting the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act (GIGESC). The law is a major step forward for trans and intersex persons in Malta, and shows the way forward for Europe.
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Yes, Bisexuality Is Real

Rachel Kramer Bussel usually roll her eyes when she see a headline questioning whether bisexuality exists.
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Permanent exclusion of men having sex with men from blood donation is not justifiable,...

Today Advocate General Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its Opinion in the case of Geoffrey Léger v Ministre des affaires sociales et de la santé and Établissement français du sang and said that a sexual relationship between two men does not in itself constitute conduct that justifies permanent exclusion from giving blood.
Hiv & Aids

WHO : Calls on all gays to take HIV medicine

Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.
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Court of Justice: EU law does not guarantee maternity leave for mothers using surrogacy

Yesterday, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that women who become mothers via surrogacy do not have an automatic right to maternity leave under EU law. However, the court stressed that Member States are free to provide maternity leave of their own accord
EU 2012

European Parliament rejects resolution on sexual and reproductive health rights

Today the plenary of the European Parliament rejected a report on sexual and reproductive health rights. The text called for access to safe and legal abortion, non-discrimination, and the right to access healthcare and sexuality education.
Hiv & Aids

New Social Art Movement, “HIV Equal,”

In an effort to bring attention to HIV/AIDS awareness and to reduce the fear and stigma surrounding the disease, a new social media campaign entitled “HIV Equal” has been developed by Connecticut-based World Health Clinicians, and will officially launch on October 26, 2013 as part of the organization’s wellness event.
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EU supports proposal to work on health and well-being of LGBTI people

On 29 May 2013, the European Union was united behind a strong position at the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the need to address health issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

EP: World Health Organization must stop treating transgender people as mentally ill

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament has called on the World Health Organization to stop considering transgender people as mentally ill. ‘Gender identity disorder’ is currently classified as a ‘mental and behavioural disorder’ in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
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European Commission: Banning gay men from donating blood is against EU law

The European Commission recently affirmed that EU law does not warrant widespread bans on blood donations from gay and bisexual men in several EU countries. National health authorities often cite a 2004 European Directive to justify such blanket bans.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel signals change in stance on gay marriage

Chancellor’s party has resisted calls for same-sex marriage to be legalised but she says MPs should have free vote on matter.
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