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Obama Mentions LGBT Victims of Sexual Violence at 'It's On Us' Campaign Rollout: WATCH

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On Friday President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the White House’sIt’s On Us” campaign designed to heighten the public’s awareness of sexual assault. Working in collaboration with Generation Progress, a progressive political non-profit focused on college campuses, It’s On Us is the latest addition to the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault’s broader initiative to standardize the processes through which rape and sexual assault are reported and addressed in college settings.

In April the Task Force published a 20-page reportd detailing steps that university leadership should take to more effectively engage with their students, faculty, and security personnel in the on-going conversation about rape-culture.

“An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years -- one in five.” Obama said during Friday’s press conference. “Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.”

Obama made a point of highlighting the prevalence of sexual assault across multiple demographics, adding that while discussion of rape-culture tends to focus on women, men and members of the LGBT community also deserve the same kinds of protections.

“[W]hile these assaults overwhelmingly happen to women, we know that men are assaulted, too. Men get raped. They’re even less likely to talk about it. We know that sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter their race, their economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity -– and LGBT victims can feel even more isolated, feel even more alone.”

It’s On Us’s emphasis on bystander prevention and encouraging men to talk about their own experiences marks the White House’s future plans to further expand the Task Force’s focus to K-12 schools, representatives asserted.

“Obviously, many of these habits do not begin as young people arrive on college campus – it begins earlier than that,” explained a senior White House representative. “Today’s announcement is a critical part of the administration’s work to prevent sexual assault, but it is not the final step.”

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CDC Launches 'HIV Treatment Works' Campaign: VIDEO

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a video campaign titled "HIV Treatment Works." Their goal? Encourage and support people living with HIV to do just that, keep living a vibrant and healthy lifestyle.

The CDC reports:

More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. This campaign features people from across the United States who are living with HIV talking about how sticking with care and treatment helps them stay healthy, protect others, and live longer, healthier lives.

This campaign shows how people living with HIV have overcome barriers to get in care and stay on treatment. On this website, you will find information encouraging people living with HIV to get in care and stay on treatment, as well as resources on how to live well.

The CDC website has a series of videos chronicling a wide array of Americans living with HIV as well as an HIV testing location finder and a list of other resources.

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How Does Deodorant Work? - VIDEO

How Does Deodorant Work?

Ever wondered just how deodorant works - or in a lot of cases completely fails to?

Mental floss has a new explainer that should sort you out.

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Kazakhstan Politician Claims Gays Can Be Identified By 'Colored Pants', Blood Tests For 'Degeneracy'

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A Kazakhstan politician has said that gay people can be easily identified by blood testing for “degeneracy,” reports Tengri News.

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBT people from spreading “propaganda,” taking public office and serving in the military.

KazakhstanAccording to TengriNews, Babamuratov said:

"We have stooped so low that LGBTs no longer hide their orientation. One can see a lot of people in the city's malls and other public places - these are young people in colored pants. This means they no longer hide their orientation.

“I think it is very easy to identify a gay person by his or her DNA. A blood test can show the presence of degeneratism in a person. Unfortunately, suppressing activities of the LGBT community in Kazakhstan is extremely difficult, because there is no law in our country prohibiting this type of activity, that is, the promotion of homosexuality.”

At the same press conference, Sanzhar Bokayev, the Head of the Youth Policies Department in the country’s largest city Almaty, said that Kazakhstan's gay community was "supported and funded from abroad" and is now “a big problem that concerns our society,"

However, activist and journalist Zhanar Sekerbayeva said “there is no gay ‘propaganda’ in Kazakhstan, but there is homophobia. The question of gay marriage in Kazakhstan has never been on the agenda. There have been no public speeches or gay pride parades. There is only homophobia and discrimination of women.”

Viktoria Tyuleneva, the Director of Freedom House in Kazakhstan added that if new anti-gay laws are adopted, “Kazakhstan will face grievances at every international forum it attends, and this will draw a squall of criticism from all international organisations.”

Last weekend, Babamuratov took to Facebook to defend his views regarding gay "propaganda": 

The promotion of homosexuality can be defined as activities aimed at disseminating information, [creating positive images of] homosexuals and homosexual relations and stimulating interest in sexual intercourse with persons of thesame sex, which creates the illusion of normality of homosexual relationships..."

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LGBT People Two To Three Times More Likely To Suffer From Psychological Problems - VIDEO

DepressionA University of Cambridge study shows that LGBT people are two to three times more likely to suffer from chronic psychological problems such as depression and are twice as likely to not trust their GP, reports Varsity.

The study was based on a survey of two million people, 27,000 of whom identified as a sexual minority.

According to the survey, while only five percent of straight men reported psychological problems, 11 percent of gay men and 15 percent of bisexual men reported such problems.

While 12 percent of lesbians and 19 percent of bisexual women reported long-term psychological conditions, only six percent of heterosexual women reported similar problems.

The survey also found that general health was of a lower quality amongst LGBT people, with 22 percent of gay men and 26 percent of bisexual men reporting poor general health, alongside 25 percent of lesbians and 31 percent of bisexual women. Only 20 percent of straight men and 21 percent of straight women classified their health as poor.

The study also suggests that some LGBT people had faced a hostile health-related environment in which sexual minorities were stigmatised.

Professor Martin Roland, director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, said:

"The survey shows that sexual minorities suffer both poorer health and have worse experiences when they see their GP. We need to ensure both that doctors recognise the needs of sexual minorities, and also that sexual minorities have the same experience of care as other patients."

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World Health Organization Calls For Scrapping Homophobic Mental Diagnoses

WhoThe World Health Organization is calling for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to remove a number of "homosexuality-related psychological disorders" that implicitly consider homosexuality to be a mental disease. Currently, the WHO does not technically consider being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to be a form of psychological disorder. However, the codification of “ailments” related to homosexuality, the organization says, supports old antiquated ideas about queerness.

“[T]he Working Group found no evidence that they are clinically useful: they neither contribute to health service delivery or treatment selection nor provide essential information for public health surveillance.” The WHO’s study reads. “Moreover, use of these categories may create unnecessary harm by delaying accurate diagnosis and treatment.”

Going forward the WHO’s recommendations must be deliberated upon by a body of over 170 public health ministers representing the companies that compose the organization. Certain countries with demonstrated histories of homophobia that are a part of the WHO are likely to voice opposition to the proposed revisions, echoing the intense debate that broke out in the 1970s when the American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from the DSM.

Despite that initial step in the right direction, Emily Underwood reports in Science, homosexuality proper being removed from the DSM did not end the manual’s pathologization of queer people. The same could be true of the ICD:

Although APA removed the diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, they replaced it with a new disorder called sexual orientation disturbance as a political compromise. This was later changed to ego-dystonic homosexuality. The disorder referred to the anxiety or depression one might feel about being homosexual or the desire to change one’s sexual orientation.

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