• 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: 02/01/2018

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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Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance’s Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights (GISHR) works with LGBT activists and organizations to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

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Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights collaborates with LGBTI partner organizations working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the world.

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American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. Through grantmaking and advocacy, AJWS works to advance sexual health and rights, civil and political rights and the right to land, food and water for millions of people around the globe.

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights Watch

For over a decade, the Human Rights Watch lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program has fought to end horrific human rights abuses—including killings, torture, wrongful arrests, domestic violence, censorship, and discrimination—and promote the rights of all people regardless of who they love, how they look, and who they are.

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Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.

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Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Myanmar LGBT Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

Welsh Assembly Named Britain’s Best Employer for LGBTI

The national assembly for Wales has been named Britain’s best employer for LGBTI staff in Stonewall’s annual list of top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers. The list drawn up by Britain’s leading charity for LGBTI equality…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Myanmar LGBTI Festival Goes Public for First Time

Fluorescent wigs askew and leaving broken stiletto heels and a cloud of glitter in their wake, Myanmar drag queens pounded across the finish line and crashed into a waiting coterie of photographers…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Steven Anderson, pastor from the Faithful World Baptist Church who says gay people should be stoned to death, denied entry. Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people…

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