• 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: 06/04/2018

Hong Kong’s Top Court Hears Landmark Appeal on Spousal Visa for British Lesbian

Hong Kong’s top court on Monday began hearing the final appeal of a landmark LGBT rights case that has garnered public support from more than 30 top global banks and law firms,…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

German President Apologizes to LGBT Community for Decades of Injustice

Germany's president has asked the LGBT community for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

The Quiet Voices of Arunachal’s LGBT Community

Arunachal Pradesh is a weird cross of old shrill Hindi songs and the latest, colourfully vibrant K-pop videos. But one thing that has not changed and has remained staunch in its stand…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2018

Virtually Incident-free Gay Pride Parade Held in Guyana to Demand Election Promises

Guyana held its first gay pride parade, with the country’s gay rights activists accusing the three-year-old government, as well as the opposition of breaking their election campaign, promises to outlaw discrimination against…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Government Has ‘legitimate Aim’ to Protect Traditional Marriage, Hong Kong Appeal Court Rules

Hong Kong’s appeal court on Friday overturned a landmark judgment requiring the government to grant the same spousal benefits to employees in same-sex marriages as those enjoyed by their heterosexual colleagues. In…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Colombian Politician Calls LGBT People ‘Non-Heterosexuals’

The former President of Colombia has prompted a backlash from LGBT groups in the South American country after referring to LGBT people as “non-heterosexuals.” On Thursday, former President Alvaro Uribe Velez posted…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Swedish Orchestra Turns Homophobic Hate Mail Into Music

After receiving homophobic hate mail over a concert that included music by LGBT composers, a Swedish orchestra has responded by turning the messages into music. The anonymous letter to the Helsingborg Symphony…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Being Queer in Madagascar, One of the World’s Most Underreported Countries

Being gay in Madagascar doesn’t echo the loud and proud essence of queer communities in the west. Oppressed by the weight of far-right wing politics, societal discrimination, and a lack of international…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

LGBTI Communities in E. Africa Fight for Rights, Recognition

In most African countries, LGBTI rights are either limited or nonexistent. In East Africa, however, the LGBT community is rising up to challenge homophobic attitudes and laws. This February saw the Kenyan…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Ecuador: LGBT Community Rejoices Court Recognizing Gay Couple as Family

Satya Amani Bicknell Rothon will soon be registered with the last names of the two mothers as a couple, Helen Bicknell and Nicola Rothon. LGBT rights advocates and members of the community…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Barbados Elects Pro-LGBTI Female Prime Minister

Barbados last week elected its first female prime minister, who is also pro-LGBT, in a landslide victory. Mia Mottley will lead the Caribbean island country, and her party, the Barbados Labour Party,…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Growing up LGBT in Ireland ‘still Quite Difficult’, Says Report

Ireland is still a difficult place for young LGBT people to live, even after the marriage equality referendum, according to the head of Belong To at the launch of its annual report…

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