• 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: 09/25/2020

Could Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy in China Be Poised for a Breakthrough?

Last fall, as China’s lawmakers neared finalizing the country’s first-ever Civil Code, they opened to public comment its draft chapters on marriage and other areas of law. A newly formed coalition of…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

French court rejects transgender woman’s demand to be recognised as a mother

France's highest court has ruled that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife before transitioning. The court ruled on Wednesday…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

A Step Backward for Same-Sex Couples in Chile

Over three years ago, the Chilean government sent a bill to Congress to uphold same-sex marriage. The bill has not moved forward. Instead, Chile has been taking steps backward. Take the June…

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Simeon Vassilev – GLAS, Bulgaria

Simeon Vassilev is the head of GLAS (Gays and Lesbians Accepted in Society) Foundation in Bulgaria, a community connector for LGBTI activism and events. He shares about how the GLAS Foundation has…

ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

The Qwelane case: When human rights meet human rights

When there is a clash between rights, then equality and dignity must be the stars that guide us on the path to resolution, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC contends in his written argument in…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Medical diagnosis will still be needed to have gender legally recognised after reform

Trans adults will continue to need a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to change their legal gender even after a reform of the UK’s gender-recognition laws, the Sunday Times claims. Legal gender…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Inside Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’

In Poland, dozens of small towns have declared themselves free of "LGBT ideology". Politicians' hostility to gay rights has become a flashpoint, pitting the religious right against more liberal-minded Poles. And gay…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

Tens of thousands of protesters partake in Thailand pro-democracy rally

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand's royal palace Saturday, in a huge rally calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy.…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

‘Vote like your life depends on it’: Pete Buttigieg’s message to LGBTQ youth

For Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate to win a presidential primary or caucus, the threat of a second Trump term is both political and deeply personal. “When you see your…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

‘Love Falls on Us’ explores the intersection of African LGBT rights and American activism

The book in this installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular — “Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives” — focuses on LGBTQ rights and…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

Big Read: The Irish far right is on the rise

Bloodied and bashed, an image of LGBT campaigner Izzy Kamikaze being attacked for voicing her opposition to anti-face mask demonstrators last weekend in the capital went viral. The gay rights activist was…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2020

60% of queer Iranians have been assaulted by homophobic family members

More than six in 10 queer people from Iran have been assaulted by anti-LGBT+ family members, and almost half have been sexually assaulted in public, according to a new report. The report,…

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