• 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: 05/17/2018

Georgia: Both LGBTI and Right-wing Groups Cancel Their Demonstrations

“We have decided not to use our constitutional right to self-expression and not to hold a peaceful meeting on 17 May in order to prevent groups who intend to get into altercations…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

String of Homophobic Attacks in Berlin’s Neukölln Worries LGBTI Community

In each of the previous four months people have been violently assaulted in Berlin’s Neukölln district because of their sexuality. The queer community is now trying to raise awareness of the issue.…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Pride Fort Lauderdale to Host Pride of the Americas in 2020

Fort Lauderdale will be the inaugural location of Pride of the Americas in April 2020, an international LGBT festival that is expected to draw people from several continents, including South America and…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

‘Full Equality’: How Netherlands is Pointing the Way for Australia on LGBTI Rights

Australian LGBTI organisations have been urged by veterans of the successful Dutch campaign for marriage equality to focus their efforts on achieving social acceptance through better gender and sexuality education. Campaigners from…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Intersex Rights Activists Challenge the Roots of Gender Oppression – and We Must Support Them

In 2017, Portugal became the third country to ban the human rights abuse of intersex genital mutilation (IGM), joining Malta and Chile. Germany became the first European country to allow a third…

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Lebanon Authorities Block Gay Pride Festival: Organiser

Lebanon’s LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday (May 16). The second…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event

Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders’ aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

Gay Rights Under Threat in Divided Europe

Malta is the best place in Europe to be gay, according to its laws. Azerbaijan is the worst, but Latvia and Poland, which are EU members, do not rank much higher, while…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

How Britain’s Colonial Legacy Still Affects LGBTI Politics Around the World

At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation held over from British colonial rule. And while stopping short of a…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

What is Happening for IDAHOTB Around the World in 2018?

IDAHOTB, or International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is one of the biggest day for LGBTI rights in the world. Across the globe, people will be coming together to commemorate, campaign…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2018

Anti-LGBT Leader Appointed to Religious Freedom Panel

A new member has been named to an international religious freedom panel whose advocacy for the issue has focused on enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of “religious freedom.” Tony Perkins, president…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2018

Inside Georges Azzi’s Brave Fight for LGBT Rights in the Middle East

When Georges Azzi co-founded Helem, the first LGBT advocacy group in the Arab world, in 2004, he quickly got used to visits from Beirut’s police force. “They would come to the office and drag me…

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