• 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: 12/06/2018

There’s Safety in the Family Fold for Rural LGBTI People in Uganda

On a small farm in eastern Uganda, a baby boy named JoJo was born. Skinny with thin lips and cute ears, JoJo grew up hanging out only with the girls, singing and…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Presidential Candidate, Oby Ezekwesili Promises Equal Treatment Of The LGBTI Community

The 2019 presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, has taken a stance on issues concerning the LGBT community in Nigeria.  She said, yesterday, during an interactive session in the…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

Trump Strips LGBTI Rights From USMCA Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada

The Trump administration has exempted the United States from provisions in the new USMCA trade deal with Mexico and Canada that require LGBT+ rights protections to be put in place. The trilateral United…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

MP Allegedy Walks Out of Discussion with Resident After Being Asked for Her Views on Anti-gay Law

A meeting with Nee Soon GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Lee Bee Wah last night turned awkward, according to an activist representing the Ready4Repeal movement. Edward Foo, a volunteer of the group…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2018

How the LGBTI Referendums Split From Taiwanese Popular Opinion

After the Nov. 24 series of referendums, the international media reported that Taiwan’s push for same-sex marriage referendum had been defeated. Although this is disappointing, there was another piece of news that…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Gay couples in Brazil marrying sooner for fear of Bolsonaro bias

After 15 years together, social networks manager Marcelo Serrano and designer Wellington Pereti decided to get married immediately instead of waiting until the end of 2019 as they had planned, out of…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Newly-signed USMCA points at increased auto imports, watered-down LGBTQ protections

Initial analysis of the final text of the new North American trade pact Canada signed on Friday is pointing to two changes – one potentially helpful for the auto sector, the other potentially problematic…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Hotline Calls Increase after LGBTQ Referendum in Taiwan

After losing three referendums regarding LGBTQ rights, Taiwanese calls to a LGBTQ helpline jumped 40%, reported Gay Star News. The Taiwain Tongzhi Hotline, which is dedicated to LGBTQ phone counseling, received an…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

The West exported homophobia, not homosexuality

Tanzania's recent intensified efforts to clamp down on the country's queer community highlights the risk of statements by Africa's political, business and social elites normalizing hate and discriminatory actions against sexual minorities.…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Homosexuality is more than sex: time to look beyond the labels and prejudice

Stuart Heaver writes kindly of the stigma facing LGBT youth who are coming to terms with their sexuality (“ Ignorance, Chinese values, religious dogma: LGBT Hong Kong students’ plight ”, November 29). In a world…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Blackmailers force Nigerian student to come out to family

Chigozie (names changed), a student in his early 20s, told NoStringsNG that his troubles began when Obi, a coursemate, started making advances at him. Chigozie turned him down, but it became obvious that Obi…

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