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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: 04/22/2021

LGBT Couples Not Entitled to Full Property Rights, Court Rules

A court’s recent ruling that same-sex couples aren’t entitled to the same property rights as married heterosexual couples has once again highlighted the legal predicaments many LGBT people face. On April 12,…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2021

World reacts to murderer Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict: ‘Victory would be George Floyd being alive’

The 12-member jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced their verdict on Tuesday (20 April) after less than a day of deliberation. Chauvin was found guilty on three charges – second-degree murder, third-degree murder…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2021

Turkish prosecutors seek jail terms for anti-government student protesters

Turkish prosecutors are seeking prison sentences for 97 people for taking part in one of the country’s biggest anti-government protest movements in years, sparked by the state appointment of a new rector…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2021

Hate sign put up against lesbian kindergarten teacher in Be’er Ya’acov

A sign which says "[this kindergarten] is run by lesbians" was hung on a short railing near Moatza square in Be'er Ya'acov on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing campaign of harassment…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2021

Namibia denies residency to infant daughters of gay citizen

A Namibian court ruled Monday against a gay couple demanding the right to bring their infant daughters home after being born to a surrogate in South Africa. The Namibian Ministry of Home…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2021

NYC Launches First-of-Its-Kind Program to Help Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth Find Jobs

Although attacks on LGBTQ+ young people, especially trans children, persist across the nation, some hope materialized today for New York City’s homeless LGBTQ+ population. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2021

Raúl Castro speaks about LGBTQ rights during Communist Party congress

aúl Castro in his report to the eighth congress of Cuba’s Communist Party (PCC) that began last Friday and will end on April 19 in Havana referred to the rights of LGBTI+…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

The Ugandan mum who was once ashamed of her gay son

When Rita heard rumours that her son was gay she refused to believe it. At the time, she thought that homosexuality was an abomination - a "problem" that happened elsewhere, not in…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

‘It’s not safe’: Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom

George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

We cannot turn this country into a satanic one – Chieftaincy Minister rallies support from Chief Imam

The Chieftaincy and Religious Minister, Ebenezer Kojo Kum has asked for support from leaders of the Muslim community as measures are being put in place to prevent the practice of Lesbian, Gay,…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2021

‘End housing bias against gay couples’

Housing Authority should amend Home Ownership Scheme rules to rectify discrimination against gay couples, the high court heard yesterday. But the Housing Authority told high court judge Anderson Chow Ka-ming that changing…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Halt Proposed Shariah Amendment Criminalising LGBTQ People

Malaysia is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement by a cabinet minister of the government’s plans to expand the jurisdiction of religious courts and…

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