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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: 02/28/2020

The Fight for LGBT Rights in Vietnam Still Has a Long Way To Go

Prejudice, discrimination, and stigma against the LGBT community in Vietnam still loom large. Change will take concerted efforts. On September 14, 2019, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ho Chi Minh city,…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2020

Top Imam vows to stop ‘demonic’ LGBT conference from coming to Ghana

The Pan Africa ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is set to hold its 2020 annual conference in Accra, Ghana, in July. It will be the organisation’s first conference…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2020

Lesbian speaks about the heartbreaking process of trying to ‘prove’ sexuality to the government

A lesbian from Zimbabwe has spoken out about how it took five gruelling years to convince the Home Office that she’s gay and should be granted asylum. Angel fled to the UK…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2020

As survivors speak out, 9 countries seek to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’

From electric shocks to ‘praying away the gay’, global momentum is growing to ban so-called “conversion therapy”, with bills drawn up in nine countries, a rights group said on Wednesday. The United…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2020

‘Return the key’: the parents who reject their gay children

Chris Jewell was in tears after a big, intense fight with his boyfriend of five years. So big, the police were called. Highly distressed, he phoned someone with whom his relationship had…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2020

Afro-Feminist Resistance in Brazil’s Carnival

In Southern Brazil, the all women's carnival block Cores de Aide is marching for political resistance and in defense of women, who have been particularly under attack during the far-right presidency of…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2020

Pro-Trump preacher says Pete Buttigieg should be jailed for talking to 9-year-old about being gay

A pro-Trump preacher has said that Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg should be jailed for speaking to a nine-year-old. Dave Daubenmire, more commonly known as right-wing internet persona ‘Coach Dave’, hit out after…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2020

Priest who compared LGBT-inclusive education to Nazism invited to speak in UK parliament

An anti-abortion Anglican priest who said LGBT-inclusive education is “state-sponsored abuse” and comparable to Nazism has been invited to speak in UK parliament. Reverend Lynda Rose was invited by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson,…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2020

Acting intelligence head Richard Grenell’s push to decriminalize homosexuality has yielded little

Donald Trump became the first president to name an openly gay person to a Cabinet-level position Wednesday when he announced that Richard Grenell would serve as his acting director of national intelligence.…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2020

A THIRD OF POLAND DECLARED ‘LGBT-FREE ZONE’

Local municipalities across a third of Poland have adopted resolutions “against LGBT propaganda” or “pro-family”, creating what rights groups describe as hostile spaces for anyone who is not heterosexual or committed to…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2020

SETBACKS FOR QUEENSLAND’S CONVERSION THERAPY BAN

Australia’s first proposed legislation criminalising “LGBT conversion therapy” has suffered setbacks and divides after receiving criticism and support on issues of medicinal practice and gender dysphoria. Under the new amendments, practitioners of…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2020

A Police Raid, Viral Videos and the Broken Lives of Nigerian Gay Law Suspects

The 57 men stumbled out of the back of a dark police truck into the glare of a sunny courtyard and a phalanx of cameras. Some clutched another's hand, as if for…

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