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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: 08/30/2018

Minor Prosecuted Under Russia’s Propaganda Laws Wins Separate Appeal on ‘Gays or Putin’ Protest

As Maxim Neverov awaits appeal over his prosecution under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws, he has already taken one major step toward justice. Last week the 16-year-old learned an appeals court in Altai Krai…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

LGBTQ Classes Are Now Mandatory For College Students In Gujarat

While the LGBTQ-rights movement in India is coming into its own, the world’s first openly gay prince and LGBTQ rights activist, Manvendra Singh Gohil, has pioneered South Asia’s first academic module on…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Pioneering Gay Pastor, Who Called for Church to Welcome LGBTI People in 1960s, Dies Aged 95

Robert Wood, who called on churches to welcome gay people in the 1960s, has died aged 95. Wood passed away at his home in New Hampshire on August 19, his friend Rejean Blanchette, who cared…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

LGBTI Rights Groups Launch Counter-Campaign

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP) lawmakers along with a coalition of LGBT rights groups yesterday urged people to vote “no” to three referendums on homosexuality that are expected…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

How a Rainbow-colored Armband Led to a Soccer Riot

A year ago, soccer player Guram Kashia lay in bed filled with fear and anxiety while facing social media threats, denouncements, political commentary and protests from a small pocket of people in…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

Prejudice “is an everyday thing,” says Tania Duarte, a gay community leader in Cartagena, the historic port and resort on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gait is firm and determined, as she steps…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Success to Lebanon to Savour, but Challenges Remain for LGBTI Rights in Lebanon

When a Lebanon court of appeal upheld a ruling in July that adult, consensual same-sex conduct is not an “unnatural offence,” a wave of excitement rippled through Lebanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Police Arrest 57 Suspected Homosexuals in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 57 persons suspected to be involved in homosexual activities in the Egbeda area of the state. The Lagos State Commissioner of…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

US Boy, 9, Killed Himself after Homophobic Bullying, Mum Says

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says. Leia Pierce told KDVR-TV that her son, Jamel Myles, revealed to her over…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Presidential Aspirant Vows to Protect Gay Nigerians, but Doesn’t Want Them to Display Love in Public

Aspirant for the 2019 presidential election, Donald Duke, says even though he would protect homosexual people, he is not comfortable with the idea of them showing love in public. The former Cross River…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

States Ask Supreme Court to Limit LGBT Protection

A group of 16 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court Aug. 23 to rule that companies can fire workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2018

Irish Prime Minister Raises LGBTI Issues During Papal Visit

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised LGBTI-specific issues during Pope Francis’ two-day visit to the country. Varadkar, who is openly gay, on Saturday in a speech in front of Francis at Dublin Castle pointed out…

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