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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: 01/25/2021

Canada: Anti-LGBTQ politician who proudly opposed conversion therapy ban is kicked out of his party

A right-wing politician has been voted out of his party for a series of actions that officials found contrary to their party’s conservative values. That ostensibly includes accepting donations from white supremacists…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2021

Biden to lift Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in military

Multiple people familiar with the matter confirm to ABC News that President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Monday that will lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2021

Separate public toilets for trans community to come up soon in New Delhi

Members of the transgender community will now be able to use public toilets exclusively made for them in New Delhi. In the annual budget for 2021-22, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2021

Brazil’s LGBT refugees tell their stories in the short film ‘Hazte Sentir’

The short film Hazte Sentir (Make Yourself Heard) documents a moment in the lives of LGBT refugees in Manaus, the largest city in Brazil's Amazonas state. Cineola and Frameline share the collaborative…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2021

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been a “great equaliser” for India’s queer population

In a nation roiled with socio-political anxieties, Covid-19 amplified our sense of impending doom: a quiet cough ringing alarm bells in our heads, while the morning news kept getting darker by the…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2021

Biden takes first major steps to reverse Trump’s attacks on LGBT+ Americans

Throughout his four-year presidency, Donald Trump worked at every turn to limit the rights of LGBT+ people – and his administration used his final days in office to deliver a parting shot…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2021

Son of prominent anti-gay Nigerian politician causes internet frenzy by coming out as “Gay AF”

Bolu Okupe is the son of Dr. Doyin Okupe, a physician and politician in Nigeria, where LGBTQ rights are severely limited and same-sex relationships are outlawed. Bolu, currently in Paris, revealed on…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2021

Chinese group KLSCAH Women says heavier punishment on LGBT community will spur more violence against them

Heavier punishments to prosecute the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population will only spur more violence and hatred towards the group, The Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) Women said.…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2021

Acclaimed chef, LGBT advocate leads social, culinary change in Hong Kong

May Chow may be the most controversial -- and visible -- chef in Hong Kong: an acclaimed female restaurateur who is also a symbol of change for women and the LGBTQ community…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2021

Doctor hands back medal over Court honour

The fallout from Margaret Court's controversial Australia Day honour has continued, with a Canberra doctor handing back her own award in protest. Clara Tuck Meng Soo says the decision to award Australia's…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2021

UN: Eastern Caribbean States Called Out Over Anti-LGBT Bias

(Geneva) – Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis should decriminalize same-sex relations and adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. During…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2021

She Raved About LGBT Lifestyle. Now She’s Been Deported

(NEWSER) – For Kristen Gray, Bali proved to be a dream come true, and the 28-year-old American wanted to share that dream—specifically, how the island is tolerant toward the LGBT community and…

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