• 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: 01/29/2023

Niger leader plans to outlaw gay sex, execute married same-sex couples

The president of the West African nation of Niger is laying the groundwork for enacting harsh anti-homosexuality laws in his country, where same-sex intimacy is currently legal. He proposes the death penalty…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2023

Plans for anti-LGBT bylaws raise specter of persecution

State-sponsored discrimination looks to be on the rise in the country ahead of the 2024 general elections, with plans to enact new anti-LGBT bylaws in several regions gaining traction after the mayor…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

Cameroonian transgender activist arrives in Belgium after receiving asylum

A transgender activist from Cameroon has arrived in Belgium, where she was given asylum. Despite suffering violent attacks, she had to spend over a year in exile in Nigeria while her claim…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

LGBTQ GHANAIANS FACE ATTACKS FOLLOWING ANTI-GAY BILL

One calm evening last November, Kwaku Frimpong was heading to the premiere of Black Panther in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, when a policeman stopped their Uber. Frimpong thought it was one of…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men

The U.S. is moving to further ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men and other groups that typically face higher risks of HIV. The Food and Drug Administration on…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

How Uganda’s anti-gay law fell through in 2014

When Mr David Bahati fronted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the House back in 2009, it seemed destined to cause uproar both at home and abroad. As indeed it did. In the Bill,…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

Chilean government seeks to implement LGBTQ, intersex rights agenda

A conversative Chilean newspaper’s article on Sunday that said the Women and Gender Equity Ministry was preparing to introduce a bill that would create an LGBTQ and intersex rights undersecretariat prompted mixed…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

LGBTQ+ stigma in Gauteng clinics

Released last week, the third edition of the Gauteng State of Health report outlines key challenges people living with HIV, key populations and other public healthcare users face in the province. The research encompassed…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA HONOURS FOR LGBT ADVOCATES DAVID POLSON, MICHAEL BARNETT AND REBECCA JOHNSON

The 2023 Australia Day honours were announced on Wednesday acknowledging the trailblazing work done by around 1,047 Australians. LGBTQI rights activists and HIV advocates were among those honoured with awards. David Polson,…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Santos’ ‘groomer’ rhetoric highlights hypocrisy

The revelations of photos showing George Santos in drag prompted a wave of news stories pointing out that the latest developments represented yet another chapter in the freshman lawmaker’s never-ending trail of…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Europe moves towards trans self-ID despite controversy

Elinor Höke hates going to the doctor's. The transgender student is registered under her former name, and dreads hearing it shouted across the crowded waiting room at her local clinic in western…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Australian basketball’s first pride round lauded despite some NBL players’ reluctance to wear LGBTQ+ jersey

The NBL’s first pride round still sends a strong message of inclusivity despite the reluctance of several players to wear a logo supporting the LGBTQ+ community, according to Australian national nonprofit inclusion…

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