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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: 09/06/2018

History Owes Apology to LGBTI Community and Kin: SC Judge Malhotra

New Delhi, Sep 6 History owes an apology to the members of the LGBT community and their families for the delay in providing redressal for the “ignominy” and “ostracism” they have faced…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

India’s Supreme Court Rules Gay Sex Is No Longer a Crime in Historic Section 377 Judgement

India’s Supreme Court has ruled to decriminalise gay sex, in an historic and unanimous verdict handed down by a five-judge panel that will have a profound impact both here in India and…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

Meet the Gay Couple Who Pleaded with India’s Top Court for the Right to Love

Cherished rights often come about because organizations and peoplehave worked for years to make them happen. But they also usually depend—in the last mile—on a few people (paywall) deciding to step forward at great personal risk…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

What it Means to Be Gay in Rural India

The Supreme Court's decision to make gay sex legal in India has been hailed as historic. LGBT groups in cities across the country have been celebrating the ruling as the "beginning of a new…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

People are afraid’: Gay Caning Stokes Fear in Malaysia’s LGBTI Community

Two gay women have been caned in Malaysia amid a worsening climate for LGBT individuals in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation. The punishment of the two unnamed women took place Monday morning…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

An Opportunity for LGBTI Rights in Ecuador

When two same-sex couples went to the civil registry in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador to get married last April, they were refused. The registry argued no Ecuadorian laws would permit their…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

Openly Gay Polish Mayor Launches ‘pro-democracy’ Movement

An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a “pro-democratic” political movement on Tuesday aimed at challenging the EU country’s governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

Uganda Bans Music, Arts Festival Due to ‘homosexuality’

Uganda's Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, has banned a popular and highly publicized international music and arts festival schedule for the weekend. Mr Lokodo said the government had "information that…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

Taiwan: LGBTI Rights Group Submits Signature for Referendum Bid

The Equal Rights Referendum Group yesterday submitted to the Central Election Commission the signatures it has gathered for two referendum questions that, if approved by the commission, would be tied to the…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2018

Catholic Church in Cuba Opposes Gay Marriage

Cuba's Catholic Church is calling on Cubans to reject a plan to legalize gay marriage. Under the country's proposed new constitution, marriage would be defined as between "two people" rather than between…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

Klang MP to Govt: Repeal All Laws That Criminalize Homosexuality

In the wake of the public caning of two women found guilty of attempting to have same-sex relations, one Member of Parliament is asking for laws that criminalize homosexuality to be immediately…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

‘Making Amends to God’: Militant Christians To Rally Against Malta LGBT Pride

A group of hardline Christians will gather in Valletta a day before the annual Malta Pride festival to protest against LGBT rights. The protest event was uploaded to Facebook by ‘Pro Malta…

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