• 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: 02/03/2018

Billings Church Gets Hit Again with Swastika, Anti-Gay Graffiti

A week after someone left a stack of anti-gay pamphlets at a gay-friendly church in Billings, more messages appeared in and around the building, including swastikas and a hastily scrawled “No gays”…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Zimbabwe’s LGBTI Community: Why Civil Rights and Health Issues go Hand in Hand

Zimbabwe’s recently deposed president Robert Mugabe made no secret of his loathing for gay men and lesbians. He once famously described them as “worse than pigs and dogs”. In 2015, he stood before the…

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CariFLAGS

Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) is a regional nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago made up of leading LGBTI NGOs across the Caribbean. CariFLAGS staff and leadership are based across the region – in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname.

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J-FLAG

Jamaican Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) is the foremost organization advocating for, and working to improve the human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Jamaica. The organization promotes social change by empowering the LGBTI to increase tolerance and create the foundation for policy and legislative reform.

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Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is a human rights organization working to promote equality and justice for all Guyanese, particularly focused on eliminating discrimination based on sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Guyana.

ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Far-Right AfD Member Converted to Islam in Protest at Church’s Gay Marriage Stance

A member of Germany's far-right and anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who recently converted to Islam has said he did so in protest at what he sees as the "moral decline"…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Gay-Rights Groups Say Amazon Should Avoid These 9 Cities for Second Headquarters

Gay-rights advocates plan a "No Gay? No Way!" campaign Thursday to pressure Amazon to avoid building its second headquarters in a state that does not protect its residents from discrimination for their sexual…

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Akahatá – Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros

Akatatá aims to advance, promote and defend LGBT and sexual rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. Akahatá seeks to give visibility to violations that people in the region suffer on the basis of sexuality and gender identities or expressions. “LGBT rights” in writing will mean nothing as long as discrimination and violence remain rampant, and Akahatá is committed to finding solutions to addressing these issues.

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Friends of Prague Pride

Prague Pride: established in 2010 to challenge prejudices against LGBT people; to fight LGBT discrimination in the Czech Republic and beyond and promote LGBT equity in the Czech economy and society.

Our festival has gained a reputation as one of the most original and creative Pride festivals in Europe, quickly becoming the largest LGBT Pride festival in the post-communist world, serving as a positive example in a region where LGBT rights are often challenged.

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Friends of Zagreb Pride

Zagreb Pride is a queer-feminist and anti-fascist organization committed to the achievement of an active society of solidarity and equality free from gender sexual norms and categories, and any other kind of oppression.

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Arus Pelangi

Arus Pelangi (“Rainbow Flow”) was formed in January 2006 in response to a desperate need in Indonesia for formal legal representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. This push for representation came from both individuals and LGBTI organizations who called out for an organization that could represent and promote LGBTI rights which have always been unrecognized.

ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Northern Ireland: Survey Shows Changing Attitudes Towards LGBTI People

Social attitudes in Northern Ireland towards LGBTI people are much more positive than they were a decade ago, a newly released Equality Commission survey has found. Positive views of LGB people increased…

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