• 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: 03/24/2019

Malaysia seeks gay tourists, but targets its gay citizens

Malaysia’s tourism industry wants the country to keep attracting the money of gay and lesbian tourists, even though Malaysia keeps cracking down on its LGBT citizens. The country even has an anti-homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

United Airlines now offers nonbinary gender options for travelers booking flights

United Airlines will now offer travellers booking flights non-binary gender options for identifying themselves, the airline announced Friday. "United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

M5S leader Di Maio distances party from ‘medieval’ anti-LGBT conference

Italy’s co-deputy prime minister and governing Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio has slammed his coalition partner the League party as “medieval” for its support for an anti-gay, anti-abortion event…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

Puerto Rico to ban gay conversion therapy for minors

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló said he will sign an executive order banning so-called gay conversion therapy on minors. Rosselló announced the decision on Wednesday (March 20), days after a bill on…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

Transgender Honduran activist: Migrants ‘not afraid’ of Trump policies

A transgender activist in Honduras says President Trump’s immigration policy has done little to deter migrants from her country who want to travel to the U.S. “They are not afraid of the…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Justice Ministry overturns deportation order for gay Taiwanese man without visa

In a rare move, the Justice Ministry has revoked a deportation order for a gay Taiwanese man who remained in Japan illegally after overstaying his visa, apparently giving consideration to his longtime…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Prominent LGBT+ organisation in Kenya wins right to be recognised as a charity

A prominent LGBT+ organisation in Kenya won the right to be recognised as a charity on Friday in a Court of Appeal ruling that could give greater freedom to persecuted sexual minorities…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Loud and proud at Arab summit

Luxembourg’s openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, has boldly condemned Arab countries’ conduct towards LGBT individuals – much to their dismay. Leaders from Arab countries were taken aback by his statements at…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Students press city for LGBT protections

Two students from Blue Springs South High School made a presentation to the city’s Human Relations Commission this week, asking for assistance in lobbying for increased protection for members of the Blue…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Lebanon’s LGBT community is often denied healthcare, and it’s not OK

With absent or inadequate sex education in school curricula, Lebanese youth are pushed to learn about sex from unreliable sources, with all the risks it entails. The issue is all the more…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2019

Gay Lawmaker Who Fled Brazil Amid Death Threats: Bolsonaro ‘turned me into a pariah

Brazil’s first openly gay lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, who fled his country over mounting death threats after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, fears he won’t be returning home anytime soon. In…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2019

Presidential Hopeful Cory Booker Pledges to Reverse Trump’s anti-LGBTI Policies

Presidential challenger Cory Booker has pledged to reverse a number of Trump administration policies undermining LGBT+ rights. The Democratic senator, one of 14 candidates who are seeking the party’s nomination in 2020,…

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