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  • 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: 10/04/2018

Anti-LGBT Lobbyist Tony Perkins Praises Trump Administration’s New Visa Policy for UN Staff

Tony Perkins, president of conservative lobbying group Family Research Council, has praised US president Donald Trump’s administration for saying it will stop giving visas to unmarried same-sex partners of UN employees. The Trump administration’s new…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

US Ends Diplomatic Visas for UN Same-Sex Partners

The US has announced it will deny diplomatic visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees. The change went into effect on Monday, giving partners currently in the US…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Students Protest After Christian University Reinstates ban on LGBTI Relationships

Students are protesting after an Evangelical university in California, USA, reinstated a ban on LGBT+ romantic relationships between students on campus. In September, Azusa Pacific University (APU) changed the language used in a standard of conduct agreement to…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Egyptian Director Supports Arab LGBTI Community in Upcoming Film

Egypt's crackdown on the LGBTQI+ community has intensified in recent years, with authorities arresting several individuals based on their sexual orientation. But, one Egyptian film director is challenging the homophobia by standing in solidarity with the…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Singapore Elite Backs Push to Overturn Anti-Gay Laws

Senior members of Singapore’s business, political and legal elite have backed fresh attempts to overturn the colonial-era section of the country’s penal code that criminalizes gay sex. Leading the push are former…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Documenta 14 Participants Address Killing of LGBTQI+ Activist in Open Letters to Greek Leaders

More than 140 artists and higher-ups from the Documenta 14 quinquennial, which occurred in Athens and Kassel, Germany, last year, sent two letters to Greek officials yesterday. The letters—addressed to Giorgos Kaminis,…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Romania’s Vote to Rule Out Same Sex Marriage Stirs Hate, Say LGBTI Groups

Gay bar owner and novelist Alex Andronic fears a referendum this weekend in Romania that aims to prevent same sex couples ever securing the right to marry not only darkens his future,…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

How Russia Drove Crimea’s LGBTI Community Underground

The buxom drag queen hikes up her sequined emerald gown and reaches into the crowd to pull a man onto a makeshift stage. “Stand there, handsome,” she says and then coaxes two…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2018

1.5 Million Gather for Rio’s LGBTI Parade at Copacabana Beach

Supporters of the LGBTI community in Brazil were out in full force on Sunday, September 30th to celebrate Rio de Janeiro’s 23rd annual LGBTI parade at Copacabana beach. Some 1.5 million people…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

U.S. To Partners of U.N. LGBTQ Staff: Get Married, or Get Out

The State Department on Monday began imposing a new policy that restricts visas for the same-sex partners of staff of U.S.-based international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: APU Does a 360 and Reinstates Ban

Azusa Pacific University, an Evangelical college in California, had LGBT students who felt that they were being discriminated against because they were not allowed to express romance on campus unlike their heterosexual classmates…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Supreme Court’s New Season Includes Cases of Importance to LGBT Community

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week's political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump's second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several…

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