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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: 07/12/2018

For Many LGBTI Migrants, North of the Border Is No Refuge

Jade Quintanilla had come to the northernmost edge of Mexico from El Salvador looking for help and safety, but five months had passed since she had arrived in this border town, and…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

As Feminists of All Genders, We Stand with Trans People

We are a group of feminists, many of whom identify as lesbian or whose politics were influenced by lesbian culture. We are cisgender, we are non-binary and we are trans. We have all…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

House Panel OKs ‘religious freedom’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Amendment

A House committee approved on Wednesday as part of major appropriations legislation an amendment seen to allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placement into LGBT families over religious objections. The amendment, introduced by…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

Latest Wave of Homophobia May Worsen Abuse Against LGBTI Watchdog Warns Putrajaya

An international human rights watchdog today urged Putrajaya to take steps to protect the rights and safety of the LGBTI community, following a rising wave of homophobia and transphobia. Amnesty International said…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2018

Mexico: Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rights Conservative Party in Morena’s Coalition to Disappear

The Mexican electoral authorities are preparing a team to manage and eventually liquidate the assets of the Social Encounter Party (PES) and the New Alliance Party (PANAL), which ran in coalition with…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2018

What Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination Means for LGBTQ Rights

President Trump, America’s top drama queen, did everything he could to infuse his second Supreme Court nomination with ratings-grabbing suspense and pageantry. But for queer Americans, there was only one question to…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2018

Hong Kong: LGBT-Themed Books Restricted in Libraries

Hong Kong authorities should immediately reverse a decision to place 10 children’s books with LGBT themes in the “closed stacks” of public libraries, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Hong Kong’s Home…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Gay Activists Protest Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws With ‘hidden Flag’ During World Cup

LGBTQ activists from around the world gathered in Russia this weekend to protest Russia’s anti-gay policies. The six activists, wearing colorful soccer jerseys from their home countries, created what they called a…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Malaysian Minister Syed Saddiq Faces Online Outcry Over Press Officer’s Resignation Linked to LGBTI Activism

Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman faced an online outcry after his interim press officer said he was quitting after coming under pressure over his activism on LGBTI issues.…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2018

Thai Gay Relationships Bill Should Be Passed by November, Experts Believe

Thailand should push ahead with the Life and Partnership Registration bill to promote the rights of people with same-sex partners, participants in a weekend panel discussion said. The Justice Ministry’s Rights and…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2018

Pride in London Sorry After Anti-Trans Protest

Pride in London organizers have apologized after anti-trans protesters “forced their way to the front of the parade”. Members of lesbian and feminist group Get The L Out demanded to march behind…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2018

Gay Marriage Does Not Fit in a Communist Country, Cuban Evangelicals Say

Five Evangelical churches in Cuba say they oppose same-sex marriage because the ideology of gender is totally foreign to Cuban culture or “the historic leaders of the Revolution.” The Evangelical League of…

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