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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: 05/23/2022

UK plummets further down ranking of LGBTQ-friendly countries in Europe

ILGA Europe’s Rainbow Map and Index has ranked European countries on the basis of their “legal and policy situation” for LGBTQ+ people each year since 2009. It ranks countries from zero to…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2022

Turkish police break up LGBTQ pride parade

Police in Turkey broke up an LGBTQ pride parade at one the country’s top public universities and detained all of the participants Friday. Riot police entered Bogazici University and surrounded dozens of…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2022

Same-sex marriage support still up substantially since 2018: survey

As Taiwan approaches the third anniversary of its legalization of same-sex marriage on May 24, support for the right of gay couples to wed has risen to 60.9 percent, still up substantially…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2022

Turkey’s Alevis to open their houses of worship to LGBTQ funerals

The mood at an ordinary symposium organized by various civic groups in mid-May suddenly took a joyous and emotional turn for Turkey’s LGBTQ individuals after a groundbreaking announcement by a prominent leader…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2022

French comedy on Russian homophobia filmed in Ukraine

"The Revenge of the Shiny Shrimps" follows an all-queer water polo team that lands in homophobic Russia. But the scenes had to be shot in Ukraine, before the war. The fictional water…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2022

Nigeria’s LGBTQ Community Fights Restrictive Cross-Dressing Bill

Dressed in rainbow-colored vests, members of the LGBTQ community marched in a risky demonstration in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to protest a bill introduced by lawmakers in Nigeria's lower house of parliament last…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2022

Turkey’s Alevis to open their houses of worship to LGBTQ funerals

The mood at an ordinary symposium organized by various civic groups in mid-May suddenly took a joyous and emotional turn for Turkey’s LGBTQ individuals after a groundbreaking announcement by a prominent leader…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2022

A crutch to continue to prejudice’: Montreal’s LGBTQ community fears stigma from monkeypox

David Hawkins wasn't alive during the height of the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s, but decades later, his organization is still working on dispelling harmful myths associated with the disease. "All these…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2022

2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year testifies to Congress about LGBTQ inclusion

When it comes to his Montgomery County High School classroom, French and English teacher Willie Carver likes to let the students take the lead. "When I see any human being, I see…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2022

DR Congo: Dejected LGBTI activist returns, despite dangers

Congolese LGBTI rights activist Jeremie Safari thought he was out of the woods after he fled west in March to the anonymity of the capital city, Kinshasa, leaving behind the homophobic cauldron…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2022

‘I do not wish to be anonymous’: Doctor becomes ‘first’ Qatari to publicly come out as gay

The moment Nas Mohamed knew for certain he was gay, he panicked. “I walked into a gay club and I knew I was 100 percent gay,” he tells The Independent. “I went home and…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2022

Our Circle Belize Makes Strides Against LGBTQ Discrimination

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is being celebrated today, May 17. This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.” The theme is geared at bringing to the…

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