• 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: 10/16/2020

How American religious conservatives fought LGBT rights in Ukraine

This year has seen several blows to LGBT rights in Ukraine. In June, the Law Enforcement committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted down a proposed law which would have enhanced…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Pastor suspended for giving blessing at LGBT festival

The Korean Methodist Church has suspended Rev. Lee Dong-hwan for two years for holding a "blessing ceremony" at a queer festival in August last year, during which he gave a blessing to…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Rugby latest battleground for trans women as England breaks ranks

A ban on transgender women competing in international rugby matches will not stop them playing the women’s game in England, the sport’s governing body said on Wednesday in the latest split over…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Demos planned as Italy mulls LGBT+ hate crime law for the sixth time

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out and his friend ended up in hospital - the latest in a series of anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

French government unveils national plan to combat hatred against LGBT people

The French government has unveiled a national plan to combat hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), which emphasises the importance of inclusive education in stamping out homophobia.…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

Algeria: Mass Convictions for Homosexuality

An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding,” Human…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

Texas Social Workers Can Refuse LGBT and Disabled Clients Under New Rule

Texas officials have changed rules for social workers to allow them to refuse service for clients who are LGBTQ or disabled. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners unanimously voted to…

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Sarita KC – Mitini Nepal, Kathmandu

Sarita K.C. is the executive director of Mitini Nepal, a woman-led organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, which focuses on LBT (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) women. Sarita shares her story, her perspectives on efforts…

ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Queer Nigerians Are Being Beaten by SARS — I’m Trying to End That

Matthew Blaise is an LGBTQ+ activist in Nigeria who has been on the front lines of the #End SARS protests and has suffered abuse by SARS officers due to his queerness. He…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Anti-gay violence continues in Senegal’s ‘holy city’

That assault came less than three weeks after 10 young homosexual men in Touba were arrested by the city’s Safiyatoul Amal religious militia. The assault came three days after an attack on…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

For Georgia’s LGBT rights campaigners, a victory

In December 2009, plainclothes police raided the offices of the Inclusive Foundation in Tbilisi, an organisation that campaigns for LGBT rights in Georgia. Two members of the organisation, Ekaterine Aghdgomelashvili and Tinatin…

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