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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: 01/24/2020

LGB Alliance founder says there shouldn’t be LGBT clubs in schools because of ‘predatory gay teachers’

Malcolm Clark, co-founder of controversial anti-trans group the LGB Alliance, has denounced LGBT+ clubs in schools. Clark said LGBT+ clubs – a safe space for many LGBT+ schoolchildren to accept their sexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations, stipulating that same-sex couples may not adopt children from Russia. The countries finalized two agreements, one on adoption…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

GLENN GREENWALD ON BRAZIL’S CHARGES AGAINST HIM

On Tuesday, Brazilian prosecutors charged the journalist Glenn Greenwald with “cybercrimes” as part of what the government claims was his role in a “criminal organization.” They allege that Greenwald—who reported on wrongdoing…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader Bayard Rustin

The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya

A young woman from Russia’s conservative republic of Chechnya is seeking criminal charges against her parents, one of their acquaintances and a psychiatric clinic for allegedly torturing her based on her sexual…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ‘pink pinky’

LGBT activists in Myanmar campaigning to decriminalise same-sex relations are urging thousands of people to paint their little finger pink as they try to highlight the issue ahead of elections later this…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal

A transgender soldier in South Korea says she will sue the army after it dismissed her for violating regulations following her sex change. Byun Hui-soo, 22, joined the army as a man…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

Homosexual and trans migrants ask for help from the LGBT community in Mexico

Central American homosexuals and trans who travel in the migrant caravan this Monday ask for the attention and help of the Mexican LGBT community because of the risk they face and the…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Taiwan gay couples urge foreign marriage rights after Tsai win

Rights groups and gay couples called on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday to cement the island's reputation as a bastion of LGBT rights by recognising international same-sex marriages following her landslide re-election…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

First murder of transgender woman in El Salvador this year reported

A transgender woman was found dead in El Salvador on Jan. 17. The body of Briyit Michelle Alas, 22, was found in the Santa Margarita 2 neighborhood of Ciudad Delgado. She was…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Gender neutral toilets greet Margaret Court at Australian Open

The Australian Open has made available two new gender-neutral toilets for the first time at Rod Laver Arena, the same day as Margaret Court made her return to venue Melbourne Park. Well,…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Lesbian couple left ‘overwhelmed with anger’ as South Africa venue declines their wedding

A South African wedding venue is facing criticism after the Christian owners declined to host a lesbian couple's wedding. Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of…

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