• 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: 04/24/2018

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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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Indonesia: Well Organized Advocacy Groups Take on Politicians

In Indonesia, the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights started to become a major national issue that grabbed world attention only a few years ago. In Aceh, the only province…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

New Zealand Gay Rights Activists Demand Compensation Over Convictions

Gay rights advocates are gearing up to fight the New Zealand government for compensation for men convicted of homosexual crimes. Last year justice minister Amy Adams apologised to hundreds of gay men who were…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

LGBTI Student Group to Protest Steven Crowder Event at SMU

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in this city expressed support to the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (Sogie) Bill, which is currently…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2018

Marielle Franco had to Resist – No Wonder She Didn’t Survive

“Being a black woman is to resist and survive all the time.” So said Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro city councillor shot dead in a targeted assassination last week, just 18 months…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2018

Nepal: Hard Day at the Office

A few days ago, one of my friends, who is a woman, told me that her boss was harassing her at the office. Normally, when we hear about workplace harassment, what comes…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2018

Marielle Franco: Brazil’s Favelas Mourn the Death of a Champion

The morning after tens of thousands of people thronged streets across Brazil to express their anger over the murder of black, gay Rio councillor Marielle Franco, it was business as usual in the Maré…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Will Prince William’s Pledge Help Scrap Anti-LGBTI Laws in 37 Countries?

Prince William has pledged his support for LGBTI equality in the Commonwealth. Royals attended an event, hosted by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, to meet with LGBTI representatives. The Duke of Cambridge…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Varadkar Must Use US Trip to Speak on LGBTI Rights

While the Taoiseach has enjoyed a successful State-side trip so far — bumping into Arnold Schwarzenegger, visiting the site of JFK’s assassination, and thanking the Choctaw Native Americans for their donations during…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Gays for Trump Found Peter Boykin Calls Transgender Troops ‘Mentally Challenged’

Peter Boykin, founder of the campaign group Gays for Trump, is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives under the slogan “MAGA for everyone.” It seems that his slogan doesn’t include transgender soldiers, whom he described…

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