Some nonbinary people also identify with this term. Not all men who engage in same-gender sexual behavior identify as gay, and as such this label should be used with caution. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity. QUEER: a multi-faceted word that is used in different ways and means different things to different people. S ome within the community, however, may feel the word has been hatefully used against them for too long and are reluctant to embrace it. INTERSEX: An umbrella term that describes people born with any of 30 different variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals.
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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saddam's rule 'better' for gay Iraqis
National health initiatives emphasize the importance of eliminating health disparities among historically disadvantaged populations. Yet, few studies have examined the range of health outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people. To stimulate more inclusive research in the area, we present the Health Equity Promotion Model-a framework oriented toward LGBT people reaching their full mental and physical health potential that considers both positive and adverse health-related circumstances. The model highlights a heterogeneity and intersectionality within LGBT communities; b the influence of structural and environmental context; and c both health-promoting and adverse pathways that encompass behavioral, social, psychological, and biological processes.
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Investigating reports of the murder and torture of gay men in Iraq, Ashley Byrne found that some gays found Saddam Hussein's dictatorship preferable to the threat of violence they face today. Some readers will find parts of his report disturbing. There has been so much news of death and destruction from Iraq that the position of sexual minorities is rarely touched on in the mainstream media. But stories of torture and murder of gay Iraqis, particularly men, have been emerging in the gay press for several years.
Shia militias acting under Iraqi government cover are leading the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT Iraqis, sharply increasing their risk of death or exile, a report has found. One month later, two allegedly gay youths, aged between 15 and 17, were attacked and beheaded with their heads thrown in a rubbish bin, said a witness to the attack. A subsequent attack on a Baghdad brothel, thought to have been carried out by the same militia, killed about 34 people, most of them women. Gay and lesbian people have long been treated as sexual deviants in Iraq and are rarely offered protection from the immediate family, clan or tribal structures.