• 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: 11/12/2019

Catholic School Students Rally for Lesbian Harassed by Administration

About 200 students at a Los Angeles-area Catholic high school walked out of class Friday in solidarity with a lesbian student after BuzzFeed News exposed how the school’s administration harassed her for…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2019

Uganda Police Confirm Arrest of 120 LGBT People

Ugandan police said Monday that in an operation around Kampala's city center, they arrested 120 people suspected to have been using narcotics. However, members of the LGBT community say it was a…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2019

The West’s left-right battle lines run through Brazil

“They did not jail a man,” declared the released prisoner. “They tried to kill an idea, and ideas don’t disappear.” The freed man was Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former left-wing…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2019

Ireland: Majority of gay teenagers feel unsafe in school

Almost three-quarters of gay or transgender teenagers feel unsafe in schools, according to the largest survey of LGBT young people in the Irish education system. A large majority say they have experienced…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Anti-LGBTQ and Anti-Choice World Congress of Families and Its Russian Backers Seek to Expand Influence in Africa

The World Congress of Families, an international network of anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice activists, sponsored a regional conference in Accra, Ghana, last week. Organizers pitched it as an effort to “position Africa as…

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The Australian media’s portrayal of trans people is a betrayal of their human rights

As the United Nations independent expert on preventing violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, I have the privilege of working alongside LGBT communities and activists all…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Same-Sex Relationships No Longer a Crime in Botswana

Botswana becomes yet another African country to repeal its colonial laws against homosexuality, and recognise gay people as humans deserving of love and respect. Several decades ago, same sex relations were taken…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2019

Gay sex: is time finally up for Singapore’s Section 377A?

It is a law famously and stubbornly resistant to change. One that has outlived not only the British colonialists who drafted it, but the British empire itself. A law that survived the…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Myanmar’s law and justice system perpetuates anti-LGBTQ stigma

Myanmar’s criminal laws are outdated and fail to respect and protect human rights, especially the rights of LGBTQ people and rights enshrined in binding international human rights treaties. This is the key…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Trump’s Takeover of America’s Courts Just Hit a Terrifying New Milestone

Thursday, November 7 was a fateful day for the courts in America. By an 86-2 margin, the U.S. Senate approved William Nardini to a lifetime appointment on the Second Circuit Court of…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Georgian police arrest more than 25 in clashes at gay movie premiere

Police in Georgia said on Saturday they had arrested more than 25 people after ultra-nationalist protesters attempting to derail the premiere of an award-winning movie about gay love clashed with security forces.…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2019

Same-sex marriage ruling overturned in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government, overturning Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s previous ruling that legalised same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands. At the same time,…

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