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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: 06/19/2021

Two Trans Women Elected to Congress for First Time in Mexico’s History

For the first time in the country’s history, two trans women have been elected to Congress in Mexico. Maria Clemente Garcia and Salma Luevano are members of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2021

The Unorthodox Priest Leading Poland’s Fight for LGBTQ Rights

This year, like every year for the past 20, Szymon Niemiec will wear a rainbow-colored stole at the Equality Parade in the Polish capital of Warsaw on June 19. “I won’t have…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2021

South Africa’s patchwork treatment of refugees and asylum seekers shows much to be done to ensure human rights for all

World Refugee Day is commemorated each year on 20 June to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of efforts to protect their human rights. According to the…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2021

Supreme Court sides with Catholic adoption agency that refuses to work with LGBT couples

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a unanimous defeat to LGBT couples in a high-profile case over whether Philadelphia could refuse to contract with a Roman Catholic adoption agency that says its…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2021

Irish LGBT community outraged after homophobic ‘straight pride’ posters appear in Waterford

A number of homophobic posters have appeared in Waterford recently, sparking anger within Irish LGBT communities. The posters, which were first spotted at the start of week, display the words 'Straight Pride',…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says city will support Gay Games, and calls lawmaker’s hate-filled outburst ‘unnecessarily divisive’

Hong Kong’s leader has accused several pro-establishment lawmakers of dividing society and inciting hatred, after one called next year’s Gay Games “disgraceful” and the revenue it would bring to the city “dirty…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

Mexico’s Wild Ride to Marriage Equality

Twenty of Mexico's 31 states and the federal capital Mexico City have marriage equality and same-sex couples can marry in the other 11 states if they go to a federal judge and…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

Exclusive-Hungary could be sanctioned over anti-LGBT+ law, warns EU equality chief

The EU could impose funding restrictions on Hungary over legislation that bans the dissemination in schools of content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, the bloc’s equality chief told the Thomson…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

I’m a gay, Christian pediatrician and have no doubt: Jesus would reject anti-trans laws

“What would Jesus do?” This slogan has been used by Christians for decades, serving as a reminder to act in the way Jesus did (and would today) by showing love, mercy, compassion…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

Tireless fighter and beloved trans activist ‘assassinated’ just metres from her home in Guatemala

In Guatemala, frustration and grief swept the nation after two beloved and tireless trans activists were killed in two separate attacks just days apart. Andrea González, a 28-year-old who helmed trans rights…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2021

Japan Heads into ‘Diversity’ Olympics Without Promised LGBT Law

Japan’s parliament ended its session without passing a promised law on LGBT understanding, failing to fulfill a ruling party pledge just as the country is set to host what is meant to…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2021

Hungary Lawmakers Pass Law Barring LGBT Content For Minors

BUDAPEST — Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content that portrays being gay or transgender, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights…

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