• 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: 04/12/2019

Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Councillors in Castlegar, B.C., condemn controversial comments made at public meeting, offer apology

Two city councillors and the mayor of Castlegar have condemned controversial comments made during a question period at last week's televised council meeting. During question period, resident Richard Switzer voiced concerns about…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Same-sex marriage will never happen in Fiji: PM

"As long as we are in government – Fiji will not allow same-sex marriage." This is the statement from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Raralevu Subdivision in Tailevu today. Bainimarama…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Calls for pastor who celebrated Orlando massacre to be banned from Ireland

A petition has been signed almost 5,000 times calling for anti-LGBT+ pastor Steven Anderson to be banned from entering Ireland. Anderson—a preacher with the Faithful Word Baptist Church in the United States—is…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Buggery remains a crime, but UK hopes Guyana Govt. will soon facilitate gay rights

While Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) continue to enjoy a healthy and fruitful relationship, and rarely butt heads when it comes to policies and laws, High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, said the…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Luxembourg’s gay premier praises Mexico LGBT+ progress, sees more work ahead

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel addressed the Mexican Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to advance LGBT rights in the country of some 120 million people. On the third day of his…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2019

Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People

Growing up in a small city in southern Poland, part of a religious family and conservative community, Maciej Gosniowski was told again and again that something was wrong with him. “It would…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

Bisexual Bruneian man speaks out against country’s new penal code

A bisexual man in Brunei on April 5 said his country’s new penal code that calls for the death penalty for anyone convicted of consensual same-sex sexual relations is “weaponizing religion.” “Our…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2019

‘It’s dangerous to go out now’: young, gay and scared in Brunei

Draconian new laws have spread unease rather than outright panic in a population that is used to finding ways around legislation. A day after it became legally possible to be stoned to…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Paraguay’s LGBT community feels outcast amid conservative shift: “We are forgotten”

Paraguay's LGBT communities are feeling increasingly isolated amid a conservative shift in the Latin American country, even after they celebrated the global success of local lesbian drama film "Las Herederas" last year.…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Ben Hunte says BBC Africa asked him to remove social media ‘for being gay’

BBC News’ LGBT Correspondent Ben Hunte has claimed that in his former role at BBC Africa he was asked to remove his social media over fears that his sexuality would not be…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

Belfast church protest by LGBT group against ‘conversion therapy’

LGBT group the Rainbow Project has organised a protest at a south Belfast church on Saturday morning against what they have labelled “conversion therapy”. Windsor Baptist has advertised the event as a…

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