• Discrimination and Equality

    Despite more and more victories for equality, legalized homophobia and transphobia still thrive in every corner of the world. While a handful of countries provide specific legal rights and protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) citizens, many more do not. In fact, nearly 80 countries still criminalize sex between LGBTI people, and some even impose the death sentence for same-​sex sexual activity. Cross-​dressing, same-​sex marriage, and even advocating for LGBTI human rights are also illegal in many places. It is also legal to discriminate against LGBTI people in employment, education, housing, healthcare, and public spaces in most parts of the world.

ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

LGBTQ HEROES AND WINNERS OF HONOUR AWARDS 2022 ANNOUNCED

After being cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Honour Awards, the annual celebration of outstanding service and achievements in LGBTQ communities in NSW, returned to Sydney this year. Over…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

Rights groups ask Defense Ministry to stop sales of phone hacking tool to Uganda

Human rights groups have reportedly asked the Defense Ministry to stop permitting an Israeli company to sell its phone hacking tool to Uganda, claiming it is used for rights abuses. Cellebrite has…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

OPINION: We need more South Asian queer stories and voices

Shivani Dave is a freelance journalist and broadcaster at Openly and Virgin Radio. Growing up I never thought Brown people could be LGBTQ+. That’s an absolutely ridiculous thought, but when I was younger,…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

The situation as a Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugee in Kenya is as terrible as you can imagine

Geoffrey Rainbo* is an LGBTQ+ refugee from Uganda (@GeoffreyRainbo). I am a Ugandan gay man living in Nairobi after being relocated from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-western Kenya, where I am seeking…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

Gay Billionaire Peter Thiel Is Backing a Straights Only Anti-Woke Dating App

You’ve heard of OkCupid’s “I don’t want to see or be seen by straight people” filter. Now get ready for “I only want to see and be seen by straight people,” courtesy…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

Slovakia beats neighbours on LGBT+ rights

Slovakia has beaten its neighbours in a new ranking of LGBT+ rights thanks to rules on gender recognition - which have, though, been suspended since the survey information was collected. The Rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

Gay man recounts escape from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

Imran Khan is a gay man from Afghanistan. An American soldier who texted him on Aug. 26, 2021, 11 days after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, told him to go to…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

MEET THE AUSSIE GAY RUGBY TEAMS COMPETING IN THE 2022 BINGHAM CUP IN CANADA

The 10th Bingham Cup, known as the Gay Rugby World Cup, is scheduled to start later this week in Ottawa, Canada. LGBTQI players from 20 participating countries, including Australia, will take part…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

Why Nayyab Ali puts her life on the line to protect trans Pakistanis

In the basement of a residential building in a developing part of Islamabad, a dozen or so transgender women are sitting in a circle on the floor. Not one of them is…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

Transgender people protected from discrimination under ADA, appeals court rules

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that transgender people who experience gender dysphoria are protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a ruling with major implications for single-sex restrooms, sports…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2022

Kenya’s lesbian footballers fight for the right to play

All Imani wanted to do was to play football. But Kenyan fans, gossiping about her sexuality, had other ideas. “That one is always with girls,” Imani overheard one man saying as she…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2022

Pope Francis meets with transgender people at Vatican

The Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that during the weekly papal audience in St. Peter’s Basilica on Aug. 10, Pope Francis met with a fourth group of transgender people who are staying…

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