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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: 07/29/2021

LGBT Turks Take Stock After Disrupted Pride Celebrations

ISTANBUL - More than a month after Turkish authorities crushed Pride-themed events in Istanbul, emotions still run raw for members of the country's embattled LGBT community. "There was lots of violence. I…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

LGBT+ campaigners demand inclusion at first UK ‘Reclaim Pride’ march

LONDON, July 24 (Openly) - Holding banners and shouting slogans of defiance, thousands of LGBT+ people took to the streets of London on Saturday to protest against the perceived commercialisation of Britain's…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

Ghana: anti-gay bill proposing 10-year prison sentences sparks outrage

Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament could propose up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights, express sympathy or…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Pervasive racism a toxic problem in Vancouver’s LGBTQ community, say activists

Vancouver will be awash with rainbow flags this weekend as people celebrate LGBTQ pride and yet, while the city is perceived by many as an inclusive and safe space to be your…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Judge dismisses legal challenges to transgender student protections

A Lynchburg Circut Court Judge dismissed legal challenges to block the Virginia Department of Education’s new policies on protecting transgender students. Earlier this spring, two lawsuits were filed, which were eventually consolidated…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Meet 7 Activists Fighting to Improve LGBTQ+ Rights Across Africa

I’ve personally experienced two homophobic attacks in my home city of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria: one from the police and the other from a crowd of students. In both instances, I was…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Georgia’s LGBT+ community living in fear after violence

TBILISI, July 26 (Openly) - Nino, a 25-year-old lesbian from Georgia, no longer feels at ease when she leaves the house. Since violence forced a Pride march to be cancelled earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Gay Nigerian priest makes religion serve LGBTQ people

It is impossible to speak of queer identity and culture without acknowledging the important role religion has played in shaping it throughout history. Whether it’s Pope Francis praising the work an American…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Poland’s heinous ‘LGBT-free zones’ sue the defiant activists fighting back against their hate

In late 2019, Polish activists began compiling an interactive map of the country’s ‘LGBT-free zones’. Within these towns and cities, the promotion of so-called ‘LGBT+ ideology’ is banned. Enraged by this state-sanctioned…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Governor Newsom signs HIV & Aging Act authored by Sen. John Laird

SACRAMENTO – On Friday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the signing of Senate Bill 258, the HIV & Aging Act, authored by Senator John Laird (D – Santa Cruz). Senate Bill 258 will…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

Berlin parade raises concerns over increase in LGBT+ hate crimes

Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday as revelers marched for LGBT+ rights on Christopher Street Day. The day commemorates riots that broke out in New York in…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2021

Finns Turn against Puberty Blockers for Gender Dysphoria

First, it was the Brits and then the Swedes. Now, the transgender moral panic is receiving more pushback from the Finns. Finnish medical guidelines are now opposed to most puberty blocking and…

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