False data on Anti-HIV drug PrEP, found circulating in Facebook Ads

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Medically incorrect targeted advertising has been found in various LGBTQ+ users’ newsfeeds, on the social media giant Facebook. The malignant ads claim that despite having a safer alternative in their inventory, the manufacturers kept selling the dangerous one called Truvada.

Crux of the Matter
  • Truvada, an anti-HIV drug PrEP, is a one-pill-a-day pharmaceutical that has been known to lower the possibility of HIV transmissions by 99%.
  • Reports suggest that the ads in speculation, are being paid for by the Virginia law firm, KBA Attorneys. It cites unspecified bone and kidney conditions as side-effects from Truvada and seeks to file a product-liability lawsuit against manufacturer Gilead Science.
  • Due to a drought of information about HIV-prevention in traditional media, Experts fear such misleading promotions in newsfeeds can prove to be a major setback for at-risk people reading them.
  • Consequently, an open letter has been published by LGBTQ+ advocacy organization, Glaad on 9th December, in an attempt to make Facebook commit to a review on the current advertising policies and debunk further claims done on public health statements.

HIV or the Human Immunodeficiency Viruses are two species of Lentivirus that causes HIV infection and over time acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. This medical condition continues to disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, transgender women, youth and communities of colour, with over 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States More Info

Tata Steel's LGBTQ+ Employees' Partners Get HR Benefits

Tata Steel of the Tata Group made changes to its Human Resource Policies to include the LGBTQI+ community as a part of its employee benefits progammes. As a part of the modification, employees of the LGBTQI+ community can avail a range of benefits like leave and financial assistance for gender reassignment surgery, adoption leave, health check-ups et al.

Crux of the Matter
  • Tata Steel made changes to its HR policies under the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) program. It changed the word spouse to partner which would enable the inclusion of people of same-sex living like a married couple.
  • The employee and the partner are now the beneficiaries of the medical facilities, child-care leave, Tata Executive Holiday Plan (TEHP), local travel insurance, employee assistance programme (EAP), etc.
  • The new policy considers the partner eligible for participation in company events and gatherings.
  • Tata has always endeavoured towards integrating the needs of the individuals of its companies and therefore it is imperative to bring changes to include diversity into the workplace environment, the steelmaker said.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) People in India may face legal and social difficulties not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Over the past decade, LGBT people in India have increasingly gained tolerance and acceptance, especially in large cities. Nonetheless, most LGBT people in India remain closeted, fearing discrimination from their families, who might see homosexuality as shameful. Discrimination remains a strong presence in rural areas, where LGBT people often face rejection from their families and are forced into opposite-sex marriages. Sexual activity between people of the same gender is legal. Same-sex couples are not legally recognized currently in any form, yet performing a symbolic same-sex marriage is not prohibited under Indian law either. In 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality by declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional. Homosexuality was never illegal or a criminal offence in ancient Indian and traditional codes but was criminalised by the British during their rule in India. More Info

India's First ever Transgender Football Match Organised In Jaipur


In a first of its kind move India’s first-ever, an all-gender inclusive football match ‘Kicking Gender Boundaries’ was organised in Jaipur, Rajasthan by Keshav Suri Foundation, in association with ScoutMe and the Rajasthan Football Association.

Crux of the Matter
  • The historic match was played at the Jayshree Periwal International School on November 30 between 11 am – 12 noon.
  • It was aimed to encourage the participation of trans individuals in the sports field. The transgender players hoped to represent the country one day.
  • ScoutMe, an app that identifies and promotes sports talent at the grassroots level by two young boys Kush (19 years) and Arjun (16 years)
  • Manvendra Singh, President of Rajasthan Football Association, said, “Diversity is the source of all the colours that make life more beautiful, enjoyable and enriching.”
  • Ayush Periwal, of Jayshree Periwal International School, said, “We are proud of hosting and participating in the historic match. The youth are the changemakers of the future.”
  • Arjun Pandey Co-founder of ScoutMe said, “I want everyone to have a safe space to enjoy and experience the magic of sport. I want this event to be a stepping stone towards uniform inclusion of everyone in not only sports but in all spheres of everyday life.”

ScoutMe is one of a kind, football scouting platform, which aims to upgrade to multi-sport disciplines. With the digital media taking overprinting press, it’s important for multi-sport disciplines to upgrade to digital platforms. With our unique as well as an exhaustive system of rating players, a scout can create, edit, organise, and consult the data at any moment, any time and in any medium (computer, tablet or smartphone). ScoutMe is built with the aim to make scouting an easier and more transparent process. It can be used by clubs to scout players and store data in their database, allowing them to access these records whenever necessary. ScoutMe aims to help clubs look for raw talent from every corner of India, and help develop them into successful players.