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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: 08/17/2018

Republicans Pick ‘anti-LGBT Extremist’ to Challenge out Senator Tammy Baldwin

Republican voters have picked an anti-LGBT candidate to challenge the only out US Senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. The Democratic firebrand, who co-chairs the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, will face an anti-LGBT challenger…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2018

Egyptian Actor Pushes for LGBT Rights

Amid Egypt’s continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT rights. An award-winning actor, stage director and film producer, Naga was named…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

Tunisia: Gay Rights, Inheritance Reforms Put Country on Edge

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has backed equal inheritance rights for men and women and is also pushing for other reforms such as decriminalizing homosexuality. Religious conservatives are far from happy.

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

Austria Rejects ‘gay Afghan’s’ Asylum Claim Telling Him he Doesn’t ‘walk, talk or dress like a homosexual’

Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not ‘act’ or ‘dress’ like a homosexual, according to a media report. An official in Lower Austria state found no…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

Baker Who Refused to Make a Gay Wedding Cake Back in Court

A baker who won a US Supreme Court battle over his refusal to bake a gay wedding-themed cake is again in the headlines, this time for turning down a request to make…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2018

New Trump Administration Memo on Obama Order Alarms LGBTI Advocates

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Trump administration has issued new guidance that seeks to uphold “religious freedom” in the implementation of former President…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

Minister in Poland Calls LGBTI March a ‘parade of sodomites’

Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term “sodomites” to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday on TV Trwam, a Catholic,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

In Haiti, Slight Progress for LGBT Rights Seen as Victory

Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

Two teenage girls in South Africa have been expelled for kissing

Two South African girls have been expelled for kissing each other. The teenagers were thrown out of Durban’s Inanda Seminary, a private Christian boarding school for girls, after seminary officials said they…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Same-sex Marriage Activists Face an Uphill Climb Ahead of Gay Rights Referendums

In the run-up to the three gay rights referendum proposals, pro-marriage equality activists face difficulties mobilizing support. As tens of thousands cheered in May last year when the same-sex marriage ban was…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Roncalli High School Can Legally Fire Counselor Over Same-sex Marriage, Expert Says

Roncalli High School is within its legal rights to terminate a guidance counselor after it was discovered she is married to a woman, a legal expert says. But students, parents and advocacy…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2018

Voguing for Freedom: Lebanon’s LGBTQ Fight for Equal Rights

When it comes to gay rights, Lebanon is known as one of the more liberal countries in the Middle East -- yet homosexuality has had a complicated legal status. The Lebanese Penal…

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