• 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: 11/14/2018

Is Poland About to Issue a Russian-style ‘gay propaganda’ Ban?

Polish president Andrzej Duda has said he would consider issuing a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law that would ban LGBTQ media, literature, and gatherings like Pride. The authoritarian leader told a reporter, “I think that…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Anti-LGBTI Sentiment Rises Ahead of Elections

Several regional authorities are planning to create regulations designed to further curtail the rights of the LGBTI community — minority group frequently used as political fodder during election season. Payakumbuh, the second-largest city…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

Doncaster ‘Gay Pride’ Poppy Divides Opinion on Remembrance Sunday

A ‘gay pride' poppy decorated with LGBT rainbow colours has divided opinion after being shared by Doncaster Pride on Remembrance Sunday. The organisation shared the image - with part of the poppy’s…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

LGBT Migrants Leave Caravan over ‘Discrimination,’ Reach California Border

LGBT members of a caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. border appear to have reached the California border after leaving the main group behind over alleged discrimination from other…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

Young Ukrainian Campers Learn Lessons in War, LGBT Hate

The campers, some clad in combat fatigues, carefully aim their assault rifles. Their instructor offers advice: Don’t think of your target as a human being. So when these boys and girls shoot,…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

CCJ Declares Guyana’s Cross-dressing Law Unconstitutional

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that a law in Guyana, which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2018

Thailand: New Bill Offers Some Hope to LGBT Community

The Thai Justice Ministry has kicked off public hearings on the proposed Life Partnership Bill that is scheduled to be submitted to the Cabinet this month. The Life Partnership Bill has no…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Closing Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Same-sex marriage gives gay couples a “stamp of approval” not provided by domestic partnerships, a lawyer argued yesterday. Mark Pettingill, who argued against a government appeal to reverse a Supreme Court decision…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Let’s Do the Math on Gays in Malaysia

On Oct 29, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mohd Izwan Mohd Yusof, claimed that the number of gay men in the country had increased from 173,000 to 310,000…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

LGBT+ Rights Take Center Stage in Mexico’s New Congress

A bill passed this week in Mexico's Senate granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Thousands Attend Anti-LGBT Rally in W. Sumatra, Authorities Promise Harsh Laws to Stop Spread of ‘Virus’

Anti-LGBT hysteria seems to have once again taken hold in some parts of Indonesia, with near daily stories of authorities fanning the flames of hatred with discriminatory acts towards the vilified minority group.…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

House Democrats Prepare to Battle Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

President Trump’s push to restrict transgender military service has been quietly working through the courts for months, obscured from the headlines by scores of motions and counter-motions. But it is now poised…

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