North America

LGBTI Rights in North America


ADDED ON: 05/20/2019

Puerto Rico’s First Center for LGBT Elders Opens

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Puerto Rico’s first center for LGBT elders took place in San Juan on Tuesday. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz spoke alongside Wilfred Labiosa, executive director of Waves…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2019

Undocumented and unafraid, as Philly’s Latino LGBT immigrants and organizers push back on immigration crackdown

Artist Nicolas Gonzalez-Medina spoke out from the stage on Saturday, in front of about 200 people: He’s an undocumented immigrant, living in the United States without government permission. And he doesn’t care…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

House approves Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

For the first-time ever, a chamber of Congress has approved legislation — with bipartisan support — that amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban comprehensibly discrimination against LGBT people.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez refused liver transplant, fearing gay donor

Mexican singer and actor Vicente Fernandez said in a recent interview he refused a liver transplant fearing the donor was gay, or a drug addict, causing controversy. The 79-year-old, who has sold…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

Trump administration opposes Equality Act ‘filled with poison pills’

The Trump administration does not support the Equality Act, which the House is expected to take a vote on Friday. “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

‘I Knew I Had to Get Out to Survive’—Violence Drives LGBT Central Americans North

The desperation of daily life in Honduras is driving thousands of people to join other Central American migrants in their long march northward toward what they hope is asylum and safety in…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

Lavender Scare’ bill seeks to address midcentury purging of gay federal workers

Democratic lawmakers are trying to make amends for a dark period in U.S. history — when thousands of federal employees were fired or forced to resign between the late 1940s and 1960s…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

This group of gay Mexicans arrested in 1935 are inspiring people in 2019

The internet has sent a picture of LGBTI Mexicans, purportedly arrested for homosexuality in 1935, viral in the past few days. The photo belongs to the collection of the National Photo Library…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Mexico’s top court says new birth certificate must be issued after sex change

Mexico's Supreme Court asked the state of Jalisco on Wednesday to grant a new birth certificate to a resident there to reflect the fact the person changed their sex and name, another…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

Could Pete Buttigieg make history in LGBTQ-friendly Nevada?

Pete Buttigieg has focused heavily on his background when stumping across the nation, touting his identity as a younger voice in the Democratic party, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2019

First It was the Word ‘Gay”

First, it was the word “gay.” For decades, conservatives objected to people using the word to describe homosexuality on the grounds that it corrupted a perfectly good word and prevented it from…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Looted art, gay rights merge in recovery of Polish painting

A same-sex Los Angeles couple was dumbfounded when Homeland Security agents showed up at their home in 2016 with the news that a beloved old portrait hanging in their kitchen had been…

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