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  • 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: 01/13/2021

Dept. of Ed Says Title IX Does Not Apply to LGBTQ Discrimination

The United States Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel published a memorandum on Friday that states that LGBTQ students are not expressly included in protections under Title IX, the law…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times

UNAIDS calls for the LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. GENEVA, 12 January 2021—UNAIDS is concerned that the vilification of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2021

Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

African prisons often are hotbeds of homophobic violence, but that hasn’t been the experience of seven Senegalese men convicted in November on homosexuality charges. Treated respectfully by at least two prison officials,…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2021

The ex-cop behind China’s largest gay dating app

Browsing the internet as a young policeman in China, Ma Baoli recalls the sheer volume of web pages telling him he was a pervert, diseased and in need of treatment — simply…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Amid coup chaos, Trump quietly erases LGBTQ protections in adoption, health services

Under the cover of chaos the day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Trump administration has officially nixed regulations barring federal grantees in the Department of Health & Human Services…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

In Four Years, Trump Has Ushered In Federal Judicial Climate Unprecedented In Its Hostility

In just four years, President Trump has ushered in a judicial landscape that is significantly more hostile toward LGBTQ+ people, with nearly 40% of Trump’s confirmed federal appellate judges having demonstrated anti-LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2021

Court extends Centre last chance to reply to pleas seeking recognition for same-sex marriage

The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2021

Our rules don’t permit it — NCC chief on enrolment of transgenders in the corps

Observing that the current rules did not permit enrollment of transgenders, National Cadet Corps (NCC) head Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich on Friday said NCC would need “numbers” of the third gender…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2021

Gay Indonesian policeman loses legal bid for reinstatement – lawyers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A gay Indonesian policeman dismissed from the force because of his sexual orientation has lost his legal fight to be reinstated, after a Central Java court rejected his lawsuit,…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2021

LGBT Persecution in Senegal

In Senegal, a young man was arrested for his suspected sexual orientation, the African Human Rights Media Network reported. Though persecution in the West African country is unfortunately common, the young man…

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Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan – Guyana Trans United

Cracey Fernandes and Candacie McEwan advocate for education on transgender people in Guyana through the organization, Guyana Trans United. “We believe strongly in changing hearts and minds,” said Candacie. In this article,…

ADDED ON: 01/06/2021

Anti-gay rhetoric ramps up fear among LGBT+ Ugandans ahead of polls

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobic comments by Uganda’s president and other politicians are making some LGBT+ Ugandans too scared to vote in elections scheduled for Jan. 14, gay rights campaigners said…

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