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SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND
People who are, or are perceived as, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex suffer from social stigma, exclusion, and bias at work, at home, at school, in health care institutions and in many other aspects of their lives. Individuals may be fired from their jobs, bullied at school, denied appropriate medical treatment, thrown out of their homes, disowned by their parents, forced into psychiatric institutions, forced to marry or become pregnant, and subjected to attacks on their reputation. For intersex people, discrimination often begins at birth, with many intersex babies and young children subjected to surgical and other interventions, performed without their or their parents’ informed consent, with the intention of erasing intersex differences.