i think it’s brave that you get up in the morning even if your soul is weary and your bones ache for a rest
i think it’s brave that you keep on living
even if you don’t know how to anymore
i think it’s brave that you push away the waves rolling in every day
and you decide to fight
i know there are days when you feel like giving up but
i think it’s brave
that you never do
Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.
On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. (x)
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
When talking about LGBTQI+ people on Mental Health Awareness Week, we must also mention that how serious topic is mental health among the LGBTQI+ community. Queer people suffer from mental health issues more frequently than the general population.
LGBT in Britain – Health Report is Stonewall’s report based on YouGov research with 5000 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people across England, Scotland and Wales about their life in Britain today. This report, part of a series based on the research, looks at mental health and well-being of LGBT people and investigates the specific experiences of LGBT people when accessing healthcare services.
- Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.
- One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13 per cent) said they’ve attempted to take their own life in the last year.
- Almost half of trans people (46 per cent) have thought about taking their own life in the last year, 31 per cent of LGB people who aren’t trans said the same.
- Forty-one per cent of non-binary people said they harmed themselves in the last year compared to 20 per cent of LGBT women and 12 per cent of GBT men.
- One in six LGBT people (16 per cent) said they drank alcohol almost every day over the last year.
- One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13 per cent) took drugs at least once a month.
- One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT.
- Almost one in four LGBT people (23 per cent) have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. In the last year alone, six per cent of LGBT people – including 20 per cent of trans people – have witnessed these remarks.
- One in twenty LGBT people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services.
- One in five LGBT people (19 per cent) aren’t out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care. This number rises to 40 per cent of bi men and 29 per cent of bi women.
- One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they’re LGBT.
Speak out against hate and bigotry, speak out for tolerance and diversity!
LGBTQI+ rights are Human Rights! Stand up for Equality!
Let’s show lots of love and acceptance on this day! Celebrate who you are, celebrate the others, lift them up and continue to be a good ally to LGBTQi+ people. We need it. There is a worrying trend globally of the withdrawal of LGBTQI+ rights. We’ve come a long way but there is still a lot to do to tackle all forms of prejudice and discrimination that LGBTQI+ people face. Don’t give up, support a charity, donate, volunteer, educate yourself and keep on being an amazing human. Together, we will bring change. 💛💙💜💚🧡❤️️
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To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, BBC Sport got five men to sit down together and discuss their issues with masculinity, depression, body image and expectations.
55% of men aged 18-24 feel as if crying makes them less masculine (YouGov 2018).
42% of men in heterosexual relationships think they should earn more than their partner (YouGov 2018).
Among teenagers, 37% felt upset, and 31% felt ashamed in relation to their body image.
1941 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (US), together with Prime Minister Winston Churchill (UK) adopted the Atlantic Charter on the vessel, HMS Prince of Wales. This document set the goals for the post-war world and it was the inspiration of many international agreements that followed the war. It was an affirmation
“of certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.”
The eight principal points of the Charter were:
- Their countries seek no aggrandisement, territorial or other;
- They desire to see no territorial changes that do not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned;
- They respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self-government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;
- They will endeavour, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all states, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
- They desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labour standards, economic advancement, and social security;
- After the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all the lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;
- Such a peace should enable all men to traverse the high seas and oceans without hindrance;
- They believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea, or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measures which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments. (x)