• 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: 07/30/2018

Caribbean Countries Hold First-Ever Pride Parades

Activists in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados this month held their countries’ first-ever Pride parades. Hundreds of people took part in a Pride parade in the Trinidadian capital of Port of Spain on…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2018

Singapore Students Hit Out at School for Disinviting LGBT Speaker

A student organisation in Singapore has hit out at a school for rescinding an LGBTI activist’s invitation to speak at a TEDxYouth event. In a statement released on Facebook, the Community for Advocacy…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2018

From the Americas to the Far East, Courts Are Advancing LGBT Rights

In January, a colleague of mine at Human Rights Watch predicted that 2018 would be the “year of the courts” for LGBT people’s rights. Seven months into the year, courts around the world have…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

180 Israeli Artists and Intellectuals Call for Cancellation of Nationality Law, Surrogate Rights for Gay Couples

Some 180 Israeli artists, authors and intellectuals signed a public letter calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Knesset to cancel the Nationality Law and amend the Surrogacy Law, to…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

India’s Engineering Students Join Gay Rights Fight

Twenty-seven-year-old Debottam Saha remembers how he became a victim of blackmail earlier this year. Saha is a gay man. One night, he went to meet a man who seemed kind to him, at first. But, as…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

LGBTQ Protests Chick-fil-A’s 1st Opening in Canada

LGBTQ protesters are enraged over Chick-fil-A’s announcement that it will be expanding its franchise into Canada, with some declaring a boycott via Twitter of the Christian-owned fast-food giant’s future Canadian chain locations. …

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2018

Growing Homophobia Will Fuel the HIV Epidemic, Experts Fear

Millie Milton, 52, identifies as a transgender woman and has for more than 18 years. She remembers wearing her mother's veil and clothes from as young as 11 and preferring "female chores"…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2018

Is Berlin’s Gay Population Experiencing a Backlash?

It started on a drizzly June day in 1979, when 500 people holding home-made signs marched past surprised West Berliners. On Saturday, half a million people are expected to brave 33-degree heat…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Thousands Rally to Protest LDP Lawmaker Mio Sugita’s Remark Calling Lgbt People ‘unproductive’

Thousands of angry protesters rallied on Friday night in front of the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, calling for the resignation of junior lawmaker Mio Sugita, who had earlier branded…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Italy’s Family Minister Wants to Make It Harder for Same-sex Couples to Become Parents

The Italian minister for family has condemned same-sex parents who conceive a child abroad using practices “banned by [the Italian] legal system.” Minister Lorenzo Fontana appeared to suggest that same-sex parents that have children born via surrogacy methods, which…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Japanese Politician under Fire for Calling LGBT Community ‘unproductive’

A Japanese politician has come under fire for questioning whether LGBT taxpayers should receive equal welfare benefits to the rest of Japan. Lower House member Mio Sugita called gay couples "unproductive" and…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2018

Asia’s Youngest Nation Celebrates 2nd LGBTI Parade

Asia’s youngest nation, East Timor (Timor-Leste), held its second annual LGBT pride parade in its capital, Dili. The small country cemented its role as a regional LGBT rights leader during a time…

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