• 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: 04/28/2018

2 in 5 LGBT Students in the UK Hide Who They Are for Fear of Discrimination

A report from Stonewall shows two in five LGBT students hide who they are at university for fear of discrimination. It also found that 7% of trans students have been physically attacked…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

IAAF Female Classification Rules Slammed as ‘Blatantly Racist’

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has come under intense fire since releasing its new “Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification&rdquo. The rules have been called sexist, racist, unethical, and based…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2018

Plan for Same-Sex Unions Rouses Fury in Montenegro

Montenegro's hardline and influential Serbian Orthodox Church and conservative opposition parties have condemned plans to allow same-sex marriage in Montenegro – while LGBT organisations say the proposed law gives them too few…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Egypt: Designing for the Crackdown

A few blocks into the ride, Firas saw the checkpoint, a rare occurrence in a quiet, residential area like Mesaha. When the car stopped, the officer working the checkpoint talked to Firas’…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2018

Find Out Which Country is the Most LGBTQ-friendly – and Which is the Least

The report, titled Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries, found that 80 out of 141 countries had seen an increase in acceptance of LGBTQ people since 1980, while 46…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Indonesia: MUI Member Deems People Too Permissive Toward LGBTI

West Sumatra’s Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deemed that the rampant spread of LGBTI is caused by society’s permissive behavior. “People tend to be apathetic when they witness this phenomenon as long as the perpetrator…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Executive Director of Lalit Hotels Moves Supreme Court to Nix Anti-gay Law

More and more celebrities are rushing to the Supreme Court to get section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexual sex, scrapped. Keshav Suri, executive director of Lalit Hotels, is the…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Indian Government Told to Pick a Side on Anti-gay Law Ahead of Supreme Court Challenge

The Indian government has been asked to give its views on the country’s anti-gay sodomy law ahead of a Supreme Court challenge. Colonial-era penal code Section 377, which criminalises sex “against the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

U.S.’s Largest LGBTI Group Takes on Workplace Discrimination in Mexico

The HRC Foundation, an arm of the Human Rights Campaign, is launching their second survey of major Mexican corporations to gauge their policies on LGBT employees. EquidadMX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral will query…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Coronation Street Actress Bhavna Limbachia: Muslim Girls Are Being Subjected to Gay ‘Cure’ Therapy

An actress who plays a gay Muslim on Coronation Street has said that fans often tell her they were subjected to gay ‘cure’ therapy. Bhavna Limbachia plays nurse Rana Nazir on the long-running ITV show, making history as…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2018

Young Scots Author Creates Positive LGBT Role Model for Youths in Fantasy Novel

When Sophie Cameron was growing up in a small Highland village, teachers were forbidden by the notorious Section 28 from portraying homosexuality as normal. Now 30 and living in Barcelona with her…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

People Power: Hundreds Hit Philippines’ Streets to Fight for LGBTI Equality

Hundreds of people turned up to a rally in the Philippines to call for a LGBTI rights bill to become law. Protesters congregated at the People Power Monument in Quezon City to…

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