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  • 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: 10/21/2021

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2021

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues, and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2021

‘I have accepted my fate’: the hidden abuse in Uganda’s LGBT community – in pictures

In a country where gay sex is against the law, it can be almost impossible for the LGBT community to access services tackling domestic violence – and during the pandemic, lockdowns saw…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2021

Taiwan LGBT Pride parade to be held virtually on Oct. 30

Taiwan’s LBGT Pride Parade, the largest in Asia, will be held online for the first time on Oct. 30, during which participants can “walk” a virtual route, watch stage performances and floats,…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2021

The Book Club That Helped Spark the Gay-Rights Movement

In the late nineteen-thirties, Gonzálo Segura, known to his friends as Tony, enrolled at Emory University to study biochemistry. He graduated in 1942, and subsequently took a job at Foster D. Snell,…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2021

MTV Vows To Use EMAs To Speak Out Against Hungary’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws

The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ.…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2021

LGBT+: Indian medical institutions are asked to amend textbooks with unscientific content

Medical institutions in India should not teach from books that contain content that discriminates against LGBT+ people, the Indian National Medical Commission (NMC) has said. The NMC—India’s regulatory body for medical education…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2021

Australia Moves Closer to Ending Harmful Intersex Surgeries

The Australian Human Rights Commission issued a report today analyzing the persistent practice of medically unnecessary non-consensual surgeries on children born with variations in their sex characteristics. The commission urged authorities to…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

HRW calls on Kuwait to stop punitive acts towards transgender Kuwaitis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Kuwait to end its suppression of the LGBTQ community in a report published on Thursday, following the conviction and imprisonment of Maha-al-Mutairi, a transgender woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

Bullying and queerphobia literally change queer people’s genetics, affecting their offspring

Numerous studies have shown how bullying and queerphobia affect LGBTQ people’s physical health, emotional well-being and social functioning. But scientific research on the effects of ongoing trauma suggest that anti-LGBTQ environments can…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2021

Activists criticise unofficial Russian Drag Race for lack of LGBTQ+ recognition

Last week, a new Russian drag competition series headed by popular blogger Nastya Ivleeva premiered on YouTube. Like RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show includes lip-sync battles, extravagant costumes and outlandish comedy. But…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

Gay couple hail ‘big win’ in battle over children’s Namibian citizenship

Namibian court ruled on Wednesday that the son of a gay couple, born via surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a decision hailed as "big…

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