• 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: 05/08/2018

LGBTI People More Likely Than Peers To Live In Poverty, New Study

Though the gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century—especially the last two decades—a new report highlights a bleak reality: LGBTI people are more likely…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2018

Banned Film Reveals Challenges and Progress in Gay Kenya

A Kenyan-made film on lesbian love will break new ground when it premieres at the Cannes festival this week -- but at home, the movie has been banned, a decision exposing the…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

In the First Election In Nine Years, Lebanese LGBTI Rights Are Being Addressed

For the first time, Lebanon political officials are addressing—and fighting for—LGBT rights in the country. As CNN writes, elections are being held for the first time in nine years to determine Lebanon’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Thailand: LGBT Vote Push Will Pay Off at Polls

The coup-led government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is looking to tap into yet another source of valuable votes after announcing plans to enact a law allowing same-sex civil partnerships by the end…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Japan’s Largest LGBT Parade Held in Tokyo

Sexual minorities and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo to promote equality and greater awareness of LGBT issues. The participants in Sunday's event in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts included lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2018

Majority of U.S. Muslims Now Support Gay Marriage, While White Evangelical Christians Remain Opposed

Opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased across a broad swath of religious groups in the United States, with white evangelical Christians one of the few movements for which a majority remains in opposition.…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Same-sex Marriage a Must for Nation Famed for Tolerance

The fight for same-sex marriage remains an uphill battle in Thailand, a country known for its tolerance of people of different sexual orientations, despite a draft bill being pushed for the cause,…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Explain Stand on Gay Sex: India’s Top Court Issues Notice to Government

India’s government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response. The court had heard petitions…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

Northern Ireland: Supreme Court to Hear Christian Bakery ‘Gay Cake’ Case Four Years On

The Supreme Court will sit in Northern Ireland for the first time to judge whether a bakery refusing to make a cake with a same-sex marriage slogan is discriminatory. Ashers Bakery in Belfast, which…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

How Queer Film Collective Thrives Under the Radar in Shanghai, and Its Soft Power

Public awareness of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in China is higher than ever thanks to an abortive attempt this month by Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, to bar…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

Gay and Inclusive Rugby Team a Haven for Marginalized Players

Bastian Tremblay ended his rugby-playing days when a family member told him their team could not find out he was gay. He loved the sport and had grown up in a "rugby family"…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2018

Hawaii Becomes 12th State To Ban Conversion Therapy

On Friday, lawmakers in Hawaii cleared the way for SB 270, a ban on licensed therapists performing conversion therapy on minors, to be sent on to Democratic Governor David Ige, who is…

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