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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: 08/10/2018

Ghana: Government Has No Plans For Same-Sex Marriage

President Akufo Addo has said his government has no plans of introducing legislation on same-sex marriage. Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra, the president said he…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Doctor Chided Over Disdain for LGBTI Community

A doctor who expressed disdain towards members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has received a dressing down from another doctor. Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, professor and dean of medicine…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Mujahid: Removal of LGBTI Photos in Line with Gov’t Stand

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa agrees with the move to remove photographs of LGBT activists from a George Town Festival art exhibit. He said the removal of the photos of…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Number of LGBTI Candidates Standing for US Office Breaks Record

A record number of over 400 LGBTI candidates are standing in elections for public office in the United states, according to the Victory Institute. The nonprofit group supports leadership campaigns within the lesbian, gay, bisexualand…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Russian Ad Uses Homophobia to Get Out the Vote

An ad aimed at getting out the vote for Russia’s regional elections suggests that people who don’t vote are gay. The spot shows two men walking through a city, riding on a…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Disabled People Stage Protest Against Anti-LGBT Japanese MP

Disabled people have come out to protest against an anti-LGBT Japanese MP, who said gay and lesbian couples are unproductive because they can’t have children. According to KYODO news agency, the group took offense to the comments because…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Israel PM Netanyahu Fails to Appease the LGBTI Community

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a letter in response to criticism from the LGBTI community who have accused him of discrimination after he backtracked his support to extending surrogacy rights to gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Won’t Bake a Gay Wedding Cake? Nearly Half of America Supports You

At the end of July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Religious Liberty Task Force that would defend the freedom to worship from an unspecified “dangerous movement” purportedly seeking to undermine it. The…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2018

Nine Armenian Teenagers Wounded in anti-LGBT Attack

Nine LGBT activists and their friends were attacked in a village in southern Armenia by a group of 30 men, reported Pink Armenia, a Yerevan-based NGO. Two were hospitalized with serious injuries…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

Turkey Won’t Return to Eurovision Because of LGBT Contestants

Turkey has ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest until the show bans LGBT+ contestants. The country was a staple at the pan-European music contest from 1975 up until 2012,…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2018

Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: The Invisible Lives of Queer Women in India

Rupa Mhatre (name changed) is among the last to exit the just-arrived red state transport bus at the Mumbai Central depot. Pulling her sari over her head to shield against the rain,…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2018

Costa Rican Political Figures Come Out in Support of Same-sex Marriage

Four former presidents, former Supreme Court justices, and other political figures signed a declaration against discrimination and in favor of same-sex marriage in Costa Rica on Friday. The declaration came as the…

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