• 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: 05/28/2018

Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ+ Minors Is Now Banned in Hawaii

Hawaii has become the 12th US state to ban therapists from offering conversion therapy to minors. The law, which will come into effect on July 1, was signed by Hawaii Governor David Ige.…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Will FIFA Force Russia to Make the World Cup Friendly to LGBTI People?

FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, had a reputation problem. In 2015, Sepp Blatter, the organization’s president at the time, and other top executives were facing corruption charges and, after awarding…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Will FIFA Force Russia to Make the World Cup Friendly to LGBTI People?

FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, had a reputation problem. In 2015, Sepp Blatter, the organization’s president at the time, and other top executives were facing corruption charges and, after awarding…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

Moldovan Priests Demand Ban of Gay Parades in Chisinau

The head of the Orthodox Church of Moldova Metropolitan Vladimir addressed the President, the chairman of parliament, the prime minister, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in connection with the LGBT march…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

Lebanon LGBT Scene Empowered Despite Crackdown

It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing. Then on the big night, a five-hour session putting on makeup. The very…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

With a Boost from Rihanna, Barbados Rejects Homophobia

Barbados elected its first female prime minister on Thursday as the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) took all the seats in parliament. The BLP’s platform calls for a referendum on LGBT issues.…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Pope Francis Again Cautions Against Admitting Gays to Priesthood

A step forward and a step back? Just days after it was reported that Pope Francis privately told a gay man, “God made you like this and loves you like this,” another…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

As Supreme Court Nears Wedding Cake Decision, More LGBT Rights Issues Loom

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2018

Thirty Years Ago Four Gay Rights Activists Invaded the Newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News

Thirty years ago four gay rights activists invaded the newsroom of the BBC Six O’clock News. Anchor-woman Sue Lawley was forced to continue with her bulletin with the four women present as…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

Taiwanese Students Hang Rainbow Flags to Protest School’s Cancellation of LGBT Lectures

Students at a high school in Kaohsiung city hung rainbow flags outside classrooms to disclose their objection against school's suspension of lectures presented by members of the LGBT community amid parents' disapproval. A lecture…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

China’s Government Wants to Help LGBTI Groups Raise Money to Keep Running

The government in China will set up a foundation to help LGBT groups fundraise money. China will help ease the dependence on foreign donations, in what advocates have described as a positive…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Queer Heroes of America’s Territories

Activists and LGBT leaders in the American territories have to work even harder sometimes. Here are just a few leaders leading the good fight. Trans activist and educator, Dr. Vene Sele, has…

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