• 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: 08/14/2022

Churches in East Africa can help to change attitudes to LGBT rights, says charity

Churches in East Africa have a necessary part to play in changing attitudes and policies concerning LGBTIQ+ rights, the international charity the Arcus Foundation has said. Last week, at the Lambeth Conference,…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Same-sex union bill filed in largely Catholic Philippines, put forward by former film star Senator Robin Padilla

A bill seeking to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions has been filed at the Philippine Senate, the first step toward legislating a proposal that has faced opposition in the…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Taiwan blames politics for cancellation of global Pride event

Taiwan on Friday blamed "political considerations" for the cancellation of WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it said the organisers had insisted the word "Taiwan" be removed. Taiwan participates in global organisations like the…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

After ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill passed, anti-LGBTQ ‘grooming’ rhetoric surged 400% online

Anti-LGBTQ hate surged online following the passage of a Florida law that limits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, a new report found. This particular surge involves rhetoric implying that…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Nigerian police investigating gay dating app scam could prosecute victims

Police in Nigeria have urged users of a gay dating app who may have been scammed to come forward – but has so far refused to give victims amnesty from anti-gay laws.…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights

Vietnam last week took a major step forward in the recognition of LGBTQ rights, with the country’s Ministry of Health stating that being gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease and…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Malaysian Government Says They Are “Fighting Back” Against LGBTQ Content In Disney Movies

Over the last few months, Disney employees and executives have publicly admitted to having a not-so-secret agenda to push gay and queer content in programs targeted at children. In the wake of…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Activists urge UN to move climate conference from Egypt over LGBT rights concerns

A White House adviser and his partner have called on the United Nations to move a key climate change summit from Egypt due to the country’s treatment of LGBTQ people, citing fears…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

Global LGBT event cancelled after demand to remove Taiwan’s name

An international LGBT gathering in Taiwan was cancelled Friday after global organisers demanded the self-ruling island's name be removed from the 2025 event -- a move slammed by the government. Taiwan is claimed…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

Maldives police arrest four men and target dozens more over leaked gay sex videos

Police arrested a Bangladeshi sex worker on 12 July, who they claim filmed his encounters with men with intentions to blackmail them, according to Human Rights Watch. Police commissioner Mohamed Hameed said that…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

U.S. Special Envoy Stern Set To Visit India & Nepal To Promote Human Rights Of LGBTQI+ Community

Jessica Stern, a special envoy of the US, will embark on a 8-day trip to India and Nepal in order to promote the human rights of the LGBTQI+ community. The visit beginning…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

I would be illegal in half of Commonwealth countries: Tom Daley’s film on gay athletes

Out gay British Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley is receiving praise for his new documentary film ‘Illegal To Be Me‘ that explores the lives of gay athletes, many living in countries where…

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