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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: 05/25/2022

Without disruption, Cameroon’s LGBTI coalition elects new leadership.

The UNITY umbrella organization of Cameroon’s varied LGBTI rights advocacy groups has elected a new board after a spirited campaign. “We all won,” said Sandrine Ateh, the newly elected vice-president, referring both…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Jamaica man sentenced to half-decade behind bars for threatening to shoot transgender woman on his street: DA.

Jamaica resident Quame Truitt was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty earlier this month to threatening a transgender woman with an illegal firearm last fall, according to Queens…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Indonesia may outlaw gay sex amid growing anti-LGBTQ sentiment.

Indonesia’s parliament is debating a bill that would outlaw so-called deviant sexual behavior, raising alarm among human rights activists about a possible increase in violence against LGBTQ people. Homosexuality and extramarital sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2022

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration says transgender people can not change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery, in defiance of a court order that temporarily blocked the Republican state's…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2022

Qatar’s Emir welcomes gay couples to World Cup but asks them to ‘respect our culture’.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has said that gay fans will be welcome at the 2022 World Cup, but demanded that visitors “respect our culture”. Speaking at a…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2022

Indonesia summons British ambassador over LGBT flag.

The Indonesian authorities summoned Monday the British ambassador, Owen Jenkins, to protest the raising of an LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) flag in the embassy, considering it controversial in the Muslim-majority…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2022

Church of Scotland general assembly votes to allow same-sex marriages.

The Church of Scotland has voted to allow same-sex marriages, after fresh warnings that its historical opposition had increased the church’s decline towards irrelevance. The church’s general assembly, its decision-making body, voted…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2022

UN denounces ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ coverage of monkeypox.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that stigmatising language used in the coverage on the monkeypox virus could jeopardise public health, citing some portrayals of Africans and LGBTI…

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서울퀴어문화축제 – 한국 성 소수자 프라이드를 축하

한국을 상상하면 대부분 사람들은 강력한 퀴어 공동체를 생각하지 않다. 한국에서는 성 소수자 진전의 획기적인 사건들에 비해서 보수적인 문화와 우익성향의 종교에 대해 더 크게 보도된다. 그렇지만, 서울퀴어문화축제같은 단체가 퀴어 한국인 프라이드를 위한 길을…

ADDED ON: 05/23/2022

Rugby: Shifting attitudes towards rainbow community lead to hopes of first gay All Black

It's been a big and progressive week for the rainbow community in sport. First, New Zealand Rugby announced it's signed up to the Pride Pledge, and then professional footballer Jake Daniels publicly announced he's…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2022

Starbucks to pay travel costs for trans employees getting gender-affirming care

Starbucks has announced plans to cover travel costs for employees who must travel more than 100 miles to access gender-affirming care in the wake of multiple state-led attempts to criminalize this care.…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2022

Gay man killed in Cape Town as Parliament considers Hate Crimes Bill

The family of a man allegedly murdered for being gay is calling for justice as Parliament continues to ponder the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which has…

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