• 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: 01/19/2019

Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Murdered’ transgender woman from Droitwich was LGBT hero

Amy Griffiths was discovered dead at her flat in Chalverton Court, Droitwich, on Monday. Police said she had suffered head and throat injuries. Martin Saberi, aged 53, was charged with murdering Amy,…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Gay couple to join Japan legal challenge after marriage bid fails

A couple who failed in an attempt to register their same-sex marriage in Japan vowed on Friday to take legal action to force the country to legalize gay weddings. Ai Nakajima and…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Indian trailblazers #RideWithPride after gay sex ban lifted

Bollywood makes a lesbian rom-com, a transgender woman bags a key opposition party post and judges green light same-sex couples living together - just some of the groundbreaking firsts since India legalised…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Using queer cartoons to promote LGBT+ rights in Bangladesh

In April 2016, the police found the bodies of Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mahbub, two prominent LGBT+ rights activists, in an apartment in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. This week, police arrested one…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Facing domestic threat in Hlaingthaya

"Our township is the most crowded, has the most crime and is the most concerning for city administrators,” bemoaned U Myo Nay Aung, administrator of No.1 ward, Hlaingthaya. As the natural consequences…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Kyrgyzstan man has ‘gay’ carved into stomach in homophobic attack

A bisexual man from Kyrgyzstan was forced to leave the country after suffering two homophobic attacks within the same month. The man, who is in his 20s, said the attacks took place…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Everyone in Armenia has the right to protection: MP on LGBT rights

Everyone, including sexual minorities, have rights, and if they turn to the relevant Commission, we will discuss any issue, member of the Prosperous Armenia Party, candidate for the chair of the standing…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Watch: Former volunteer Ukrainian soldier challenges LGBT taboos

The LGBT community in Ukraine is often under attack but one volunteer soldier has gone public about his sexuality. Viktor Pylypenko, 31, decided to come out after hearing how the LGBT community…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2019

Suspect arrested over murders of Bangladesh LGBT activists in 2016

Police in Bangladesh have reportedly arrested one of the main suspects involved in the murders of LGBT+ activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy. Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, the country’s first LGBT+ magazine, and…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2019

LGBTI Families Protest Over Lack of Legal Recognition as Parents

A number of LGBTI families have held a protest outside Leinster House calling for same-sex couples to be given legal recognition as parents. The provision allowing for the measure is contained in the…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2019

LGBTI Book is Pulled From School Libraries for Not Being ‘age appropriate’

A book with LGBT+ characters has been removed from libraries in elementary schools in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for not being “age appropriate.” The Ottawa Catholic School Board quietly took 2012 graphic novel Drama off the shelves…

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