• 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: 12/16/2018

Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2018

Tanzania Says Tolerating LGBT Community Would Be ‘Intolerable,’ As Donors Pull Funding

Tanzania said Friday that it would not comply with demands from donors to soften its opposition to LGBT rights. According to NBC News, Finance Minister Philip Mpango told officials that Tanzania could…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

U.N. moves LGBT+ refugees to safe houses after Kenya camp attacks

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya’s remote Kakuma camp are being moved to safe houses in Nairobi after they were attacked when protesting for greater protection, the United Nations said on Thursday. The refugees…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

Bulgaria: Billboards featuring LGBT couples vandalised

Billboards featuring LGBT+ couples and the slogan “It’s not scary, it’s just love—Different People, Equal Rights” have sparked controversy in Bulgaria. The street posters were installed this week in various Bulgarian cities…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

The Role of US Christian Conservatives in Taiwan’s LGBT Referendum Defeats

Like in Australia, the debate about foreign interference in Taiwan usually centers on the shadowy intentions of China. But a very different source of overseas influence is blamed, at least in part,…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

Belarus: Theatre students arrested, fined for LGBT artistic stunt

Three of Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘Studio Fortinbras’ students were arrested and fined for “holding an unauthorised mass event” when they dressed as police officers with rainbow epaulettes for a public performance addressing…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

New GLOBE Act asserts U.S. opposition to anti-LGBT abuses overseas

New comprehensive legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday seeks to enshrine into law U.S. policy against anti-LGBT human rights abuses overseas and the process by which LGBT people facing persecution can…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

LGBT+ activists attacked on peaceful march in Kenya refugee camp

LGBT+ activists were attacked and arrested by police after staging a peaceful march through Kakuma, a UNCHR refugee camp in Turkana County, Kenya. Around 40 LGBT+ activists took part in the march on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

Russia’s gay propaganda law ‘endangers children’, says report

Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is directly harming and endangering LGBT+ children and young people, according to a new report. The report – which is called “No Support: Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Imperils…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2018

Brazil: Same-sex Couples Rush to the Alter Ahead of Bolsonaro Inauguration

On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician whose career has been marked by homophobia. As…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2018

Israel Supreme Court: Both Same-Sex Partners Named On Adoption Certificate

The names of both parents who adopt a baby in Israel must be registered on its birth certificate even if both parents are the same sex. Israel’s Supreme Court made the ruling…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

Strongmen Like Putin Threaten LGBTQ People Across the Globe

The worldwide struggle for LGBT equality has dramatically changed in the past few years. From our movement’s inception, our great challenge has been to shed our invisibility and use education to overcome…

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