• 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: 05/18/2018

Mexico’s LGBT Community Get Moist for Ultimate Smooch Fest to Protest Homophobia

The LGBT community in Mexico is taking a stand against homophobia in one of best ways possible. They’re proudly kissing each other in public. For heterosexual couples, public displays of affection are…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Liberia’s LGBT Community Seek Rights Ahead of Int’l Day against Homophobia

In Liberia, mentioning the rights of homosexual and bi-sexual is considered a taboo, while engaging in such practice is a criminal act under the law. But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Hong Kong’s Behind-Closed-Doors Gay Weddings

It was a day Alvin Chan and his partner C.P. So had never imagined possible — tying the knot in front of cheering family and friends in Hong Kong. Apprehensive about holding…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2018

Inside the Fight Against America’s Wave of Anti-LGBT Adoption Bills

On May 11, Oklahoma became the eighth state to allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to cite religious beliefs in order to discriminate against LGBTpeople looking to foster or adopt children. The Sooner…

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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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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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ADDED ON: 05/17/2018

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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