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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: 10/08/2018

LGBT Pride Parade Puts the Out in Outer Hebrides

In a crowded cellar bar a drag artist, 6ft 6in tall in stiletto heels, belts out Tainted Love. One thing is obvious: change has come to the Isle of Lewis. This is the…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Ambiga Slams Mujahid Over Latest LGBT Remarks

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan has condemned Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa over his remarks that any advocacy for the rights of the lesbian, gay,…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Everything You Need To Know About Jair Bolsonaro, The “Donald Trump Of Brazil”

On Sunday night, Jair Bolsonaro won big in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election. With 46% of the vote, he wound up just shy of the 50% that would have made…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Brazilian Presidential Election Goes to a Second Round as Far-Right Candidate Narrowly Misses an Outright Win

A far-right former military man won nearly half the votes in Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, raising the strong prospect that he could take the helm of Latin America’s largest nation in…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Anti-Gay Group Immediately Celebrates Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Success

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-48 late afternoon on Saturday. One of the first organizations to congratulate him was the…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Low Turnout On Second Day Of Romania’s Same-Sex-Marriage Referendum

Romanians are voting for a second day on whether to change the constitution to strictly ban same-sex marriage in a two-day referendum in the conservative country. Turnout was reported to be extremely…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

‘In Their Eyes, We Are Not a Family’: Romanian Couple Explain Referendum Boycott

As Romania takes to the polls this weekend for a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage, Florin Buhuceanu and Victor Ciobotaru are staying at home. The couple, who have been together…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

India May Have Legalised Gay Sex. But ‘Paralysing Fear’ Plagues Bangladesh’s LGBT Community

When the five judges who sit on India’s Supreme Court unanimously voted to decriminalise homosexuality in September, LGBT+ activists across the world rejoiced—with photos of jubilant campaigners celebrating the ruling shared on social media.  With India entering…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Scotland: Government Set to Back ‘world Leading’ Reforms on LGBTI Education in Schools

LANDMARK reforms on how LGBTI issues are taught in schools will be pushed through after a blueprint was produced by a working group set up by the Government. The changes, which followed a…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Facebook’s Political Ad Policy Also Blocked LGBT Messages

Facebook’s tougher political advertising policy has had more unintended side-effects. The Washington Post has discovered that the social network inadvertently blocked dozens of LGBT-themed ads after its screening system (which includes automated and human moderators) deemed them political. Most…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Romanians to Vote in Referendum LGBT Groups Say is Fueling Hate

Romanians will be asked this weekend whether they want to redefine marriage as only being between a man and a woman rather than “two spouses”, in a referendum that LGBT activists say…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Time to End Invisibility of LGBT People in Georgia

A UN expert has commended the commitment of the Georgian Government to address violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans persons, but has expressed concern that implementation is falling short…

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