• 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: 03/07/2018

LGBTI Ugandans Plan First Pride Since Brutal 2016 Crackdown

Isaac Mugisha, co-ordinator of Pride Uganda, is determined and optimistic that Ugandan LGBTIs will hold a Pride event in Kampala later this year, without it being shut down by the authorities. If…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2018

Blockchain to Make ‘Pink economy’ Visible, Fight LGBT Abuses: Charity

Blockchain can help the LGBT community flex its economic muscle and fight rights abuses globally - from Chechnya to Uganda - while safeguarding the identity of members, said the charity behind a…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2018

Stonewall Quits Pride in London Over Failure to Involve Black and Ethnic Minority Communities

Britain’s biggest LGBT charity has quit Pride in London and accused organisers of failing to represent non-white communities. Stonewall said the annual pride event had ignored repeated “concerns about the lack of…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2018

Three Brits Arrested in Spain for ‘mocking gay couple’ on Flight to Gran Canaria

Three British tourists have been arrested for allegedly hurling abuse at a gay couple on a flight to Gran Canaria. The incident is said to have taken place on a flight from…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2018

Gay Men are Winning this Year’s Winter Olympics – and Making it a Joy to Watch

Ah, the Winter Olympics! That giant paean to ancient sports you didn’t even know existed, such as the universally popular pastime of combining skiing and shooting, AKA the biathlon, and the equally…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2018

Bermuda’s Gay Marriage Reversal Sparks Fears Others May Follow

Bermudian Joe Gibbons and his Canadian partner were ecstatic last year when the wealthy Atlantic island legalized same-sex marriage after a long struggle for gay equality - but their joy only lasted…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2018

LGBTI Rights: Why Cyril Ramaphosa is a Massive Step up from Jacob Zuma

Cyril Ramaphosa has spent his first week as president launching a charm offensive that many have found hard to resist. He’s impressed everyone from joggers to ooms, and now he looks set…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2018

Support for LGBTI Children’s Book in Croatia Skyrockets Following Public Book Burning

Donations for a second printing of “My Rainbow Family” poured in after homophobes burned the book in effigy. In January, the LGBT family advocacy group Rainbow Families Croatia announced plans to distribute…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2018

Bermuda Faces Fresh Lawsuit After Re-Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this month, Bermuda became the first country to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriage. The island nation and North Atlantic British Overseas Territory’s Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage last year with a…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2018

Tonga: LGBTI Youth Shelter Devastated by Cyclone Gita

The Category Five Cyclone Gita which tore through the South Pacific island of Tonga was like having ‘an Airbus land on your front lawn’. One of the most powerful cyclones to hit…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2018

Homophobic Video Warns Russians of Dangers of Not Voting

Russians who don’t vote in next month’s presidential elections risk seeing their country transformed into a gay-friendly state where people in their 50s are eligible for military conscription, a homophobic and xenophobic…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2018

‘Why Aren’t You Married?’: In China, Gay Men and Lesbians Pair Off to Keep Parents Off Their Backs

This year, like every year, Tiger Zhao will make the trip from the northern Chinese city where he works to his semirural home town. But this time, he won’t be traveling with…

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