• 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: 07/18/2019

Bullied by peers, India’s LGBT+ children drop out of schools

The school bullies started by teasing six-year-old Shemba for walking in a feminine way, and graduated to stone-throwing when the transgender girl - initially raised as a boy - started wearing girls'…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2019

In Burkina Faso, being transgender means living in the shadows

Amidst roars of laughter, Naomi takes out her phone and shows us photos of herself, having fun with a friend, posing for the camera, both in high heels and sequined dresses. Naomi…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Transgender murders in Honduras stoking fear of backlash against LGBT rights

The murder of three transgender women in Honduras this month has raised fears that a push for LGBT rights in the country has prompted a backlash. Bessy Ferrera, a 40-year-old LGBT rights…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Egyptian Authorities Free Trans Woman and LGBT+ Activist After 4 Months in Prison

After four months in solitary confinement in a male prison, Malak al-Kashif, a transgender woman who was arrested for being a part of a “terrorist group”, was released yesterday as per the…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Europe’s rights court rules against Russia in LGBT case

Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled against Russia over its refusal to register three associations, saying it was "unacceptable" to do so simply because they were defending LGBT rights. But one individual…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

LGBT asylum-seekers exempt from ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and can stay in US

Asylum-seekers who arrive at the southern border and claim to be LGBT are exempt from the U.S.-Mexico “Remain in Mexico” policy and will not be returned to Mexico to await decisions by…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Ecuador, but Will All Ecuadorians Accept It?

Ecuador’s highest court ruled last month that the country’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The 5-4 verdict was a victory for LGBT activists in the heavily Catholic country, but it is…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Madrid LGBT activists: “We teach the workshops that Vox wants to ban”

“Ms Monasterio, we teach the workshops that you want to ban.” Miguel, María and Sergio are LGBT activists who do volunteer work for Cogam, a Madrid association, and for the Triángulo Foundation.…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2019

India’s first LGBTI job fair draws a crowd in Bangalore

India's first ever LGBTI job fair attracted a sellout crowd Friday as some of the biggest names in business lined up to interview hundreds of candidates in the tech city of Bangalore.…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2019

Tensions simmer in Hamilton LGBTQ community after Pride festival violence

The groups stand separated by temporary metal fencing and a line of police officers. On one side, Canadian flags and yellow vests. The other, rainbow flags and cardboard signs decrying hate. This…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2019

HUNDREDS PROTEST IN TEL AVIV AFTER ISRAELI EDUCATION MINISTER PRAISES GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

LGBT activists in Israel are calling for the resignation of Education Minister Rafi Peretz after he claimed gay conversion therapy could work. "I think it's possible," Peretz, an orthodox rabbi and leading…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2019

LGBT community hopes election spurs gay rights debate, legislation

The LGBT community and their allies hope the upcoming upper house election will help advance the national discussion on LGBT rights in Japan and lead to legal recognition. Small headway has been…

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