Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, bi, and trans news!

 

Lesbian – Finding Dory trailer features possible lesbian couple

The trailer for Finding Dory, sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo, features a baby with two women caretakers, which Twitter fans believe could be the first lesbian couple in a Disney Pixar film.

Skeptics claim that the women can be friends, or one of the women could be a random passerby.

This speculation comes during a growing call for Disney to include LGBT characters in their future films, sparking Twitter hashtags such as #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.

GLADD criticized Disney earlier for not including a single gay character in the 11 films it released in 2015.

 

Bisexual - Over 40 percent of gay and bi men are having condomless sex 

A recent report published this month in the journal AIDS stated that condomless sex in bisexual and gay men is increasing, though they are not explained by preventative treatments such as PrEP or serosorting, according to HIV Plus Magazine. 

The study, which included data gathered by The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Survey over the course of 9 years, asked more than a thousand men if they used a condom with their last anal sex partner.

The results showed that the number of HIV-negative bisexual and gay men that had condomless sex rose from 29 to 41 percent over the 9 year period.

The researchers worry that the decline of condom use may also undermine “the benefits of [antiretrovirals] in reducing transmission of HIV” if there is less promotion of condoms and access to PrEP, according to HIV Plus Mag.

 

Transgender – New study finds family rejection linked to high transgender self harm rates

The results of a new study, released Wednesday, found that self-harm and suicide rates, as well as substance abuse, are much higher in transgender and gender nonconforming adults.

The study states that 42.3 percent of the research sample reported having attempted suicide and 26.3 percent reported substance and alcohol misuse in order to ‘cope with transgender-related discrimination.’ The sample consisted of 6456 transgender and gender nonconforming people in all 50 states.

 

‘When people are rejected by their loved ones, it can have serious emotional and social consequences,’ researcher Sarit Golub of Hunter College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York said. 

Transgender individuals are more likely to face challenges such as poverty, homelessness, violence, and discrimination in housing and healthcare.


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