• 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: 08/27/2018

Police Arrest 57 Suspected Homosexuals in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 57 persons suspected to be involved in homosexual activities in the Egbeda area of the state. The Lagos State Commissioner of…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

US Boy, 9, Killed Himself after Homophobic Bullying, Mum Says

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says. Leia Pierce told KDVR-TV that her son, Jamel Myles, revealed to her over…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Presidential Aspirant Vows to Protect Gay Nigerians, but Doesn’t Want Them to Display Love in Public

Aspirant for the 2019 presidential election, Donald Duke, says even though he would protect homosexual people, he is not comfortable with the idea of them showing love in public. The former Cross River…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

States Ask Supreme Court to Limit LGBT Protection

A group of 16 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court Aug. 23 to rule that companies can fire workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Ends Adoption, Foster Services to Avoid Placing Kids With Gay Couples

Catholic Charities of Buffalo will no longer provide foster care and adoption services to new clients because a New York state law would force it to violate Catholic teachings on homosexuality and…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

Woman Takes Unprecedented Step to Advance LGBT Cause in Hong Kong and Sues Government Over Civil Partnerships Ban

A Hong Kong woman is suing the Hong Kong government for denying her the right to enter into a civil partnership with her female partner. In an unprecedented legal bid in the city,…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Mahathir’s Malaysia Accused of ‘state-sponsored homophobia’ After LGBTI Crackdown

The new government’s first 100 days in power have been marked by increased discrimination, harassment and violent hate crime against the LGBTI community. In the early hours of Saturday, the police and…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Brazil: LGBTI Leader Killed in Bahia Amid Atmosphere of ‘Impunity’

Marcelo Cerqueira, president of the Gay Group of Bahia, said the murder of Cruz Santana “is the most concrete expression of homophobia." Marcos Cruz Santana, a 40-year-old social activist, and leader of…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Gay Tennis Trailblazer Brian Vahaly: ‘I Heard Homophobia All the Time – It Was Part of the Culture’

The briefest of glances at the entry list for the men’s event at this year's US Open underlines tennis's apparent diversity. Scroll down the list and you will find players from six…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Madrid to Open First Public Retirement Home for Gay People

A project to open an LGBTI friendly retirement home has been given the green light by authorities in Madrid with plans to open it by the end of the year. A building…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Where Does Brett Kavanaugh Stand on LGBTI Rights? It’s a Mystery

Most LGBT people come out. Brett Kavanaugh’s views on LGBT people, by contrast, seem to be staying in the closet. As LGBT advocacy groups rush to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee during the build-up to September’s…

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