• 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: 12/13/2019

Painting of Naked Mexican Revolutionary Hero Unleashes Controversy

A painting depicting Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata naked but for high heels and a pink sombrero, astride an aroused white horse, has sparked controversy in socially conservative Mexico, prompting protests that…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2019

Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor

Before coming out as transgender, Nicole Garcia prayed daily that God would “fix” her. When her prayers weren’t answered and the feeling in her gut didn’t go away, she gave up on…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2019

Revisions announced to Australia religious freedom bill

Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released a second version that appears to address some concerns.…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2019

Is Zambia ready for a gay pride march?

The intensity of Zambian homophobia might suggest that the nation could not endure a demonstration of LGBT pride, but some activists think it’s time to shake the country out of its anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

Mexico’s president condemns LGBT+ hate crimes after painting row

Mexico’s president on Wednesday condemned hate crimes against LGBT+ people after a row over a painting of revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata naked but for a pink sombrero, high heels and a ribbon…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

‘God Has A New Africa’: Undercover in a US-led anti-LGBT ‘hate movement’

This year, I accomplished a feat that I never thought I would: I went undercover to investigate a group that hates me. Not long after I took my seat in the auditorium…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

First men go on trial under Nigeria’s anti-homosexuality laws

Forty-seven men went on trial in Nigeria on Wednesday for public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term in the country. The…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2019

Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

For the first time in the history of Nigeria, LGBTIQ+ human rights activists and organizations working for the advancement of LGBTIQ+ equality will be honored for their bravery, work, and inclusiveness. Despite…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

Nicola Sturgeon vows to use SNP influence in hung parliament to champion ‘world-leading’ LGBT reforms

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is pledging to lead the world in LGBT+ rights reforms as it releases its LGBTI Equality manifesto. The SNP is the only major party to release a…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning

"Youth Standing Up for Human Rights" — this year’s Human Rights Day theme — has particular resonance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world. LGBT children and young adults…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

How Russia uses porn charges against LGBT activist and trans woman

Human Rights Watch cites two recent examples — feminist LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova, under house arrest for allegedly distributing pornography such a body-positive drawings, and Michelle, a trans woman sentenced to three…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Earlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given…

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