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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: 09/08/2018

LGBT Rights Activists Chant ‘We are Here’ at Incheon Rally Following Standoff with Protesters

LGBT rights activists, who gathered for a pride event in Incheon on Saturday, September 8, repeatedly chanted “We are here” before the event broke up, after a day that involved a standoff…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

A Long & Hard Battle of a Sri Lankan Activist for Gay Rights

Waking up on the morning of September 6, I thought I was facing yet another humdrum day in Colombo. Good news is always so few and far between when it comes to…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Amending 377a: Unlike Courts, Parliament Will Take into Account Views of Public

Whether Section 377A will be repealed or amended will be a matter for Parliament to decide, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Saturday, a day after he first spoke about…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Section 377: The Fight for LGBT Rights Has Just Begun

In 1884, an unusual case came up in the then colonial Allahabad high court. For months, the police had been tailing a person named Khairati on the suspicion that he was a…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Historic Ruling

India’s top court on Thursday overturned a 157-year-old law criminalizing gay sex in a landmark victory for gay rights in the world’s largest democracy. A panel of five judges issued a unanimous…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

LGBT Community Wants the Next Fight to be for the Adoption Right

After the historical decision of the Supreme Court on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community started demanding other rights. LGBT activists are saying that the…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

Conversion Therapy Ban Coming to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia will move to ban conversion therapy — a widely discredited and controversial treatment designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Both Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives and the NDP introduced bills Friday at…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2018

India’s Gay Sex Ban Was a Relic of the British Empire — But It’s Still in Place in Dozens of Ex-colonies

When India’s Supreme Court this week legalized same-sex intercourse between consenting adults, it buried, most likely forever, a 157-year-old law introduced during British colonial rule. The decision was a landmark — not least because…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

India Just Overturned a 157-Year-Old Law That Criminalized Gay Sex. See How LGBTI Supporters Celebrated the Win

India’s Supreme Court has overturned Section 377 of its Penal Code, which had criminalized any sexual acts “against the order of nature,” including consensual sex between adults of the same gender. Chief…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

Malaysia Never Supported UN Declarations Protecting LGBTI, Claims Activist

Malaysia has never signed United Nations declarations that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a conservative Muslim rights activist said today. Dr Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar, who is president of…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

‘AIDS Boy,’ ‘Dog,’ And ‘Disgrace To Society’: How Russia Greets Gay Men Seeking Asylum

In mid-July, a gay, HIV-positive foreigner arrived at an immigration office in Moscow seeking asylum in Russia. Unlike in his native Uzbekistan, where sex between men is punishable by up to three…

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