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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: 10/06/2018

Stop Using LGBTI Malaysians as ‘punching bag’ Warns Lawyer Group

Malaysia’s leaders must stop using the LGBTI community for political gain, said local civil society group Lawyers for Liberty. It comes as LGBTI Malaysians feel increasingly persecuted under Malaysia’s nascent new government. ‘The LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Egypt’s LGBT+ Face Horrific Discrimination in Housing, Says UN Rapporteur

Gay Egyptians face "horrific" discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a U.N. special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

‘We’re Afraid’: Advocates Say Brazil’s Presidential Frontrunner a Threat to Gay Rights

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, dubbed “Trump of the Tropics,” has been brazen in his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Far-right Brazilian Congressman Jair Bolsonaro has implied women who are raped “deserve it,” has said he’d…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

LGBT People Cause Deadly Natural Disasters, Say Religious Lawmakers in Malaysia

LGBT people are responsible for natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 1,500 in Indonesia last week, according to Malaysian lawmakers. The Selangor Islamic Religious Department, which is…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Lebanon: Police Try to Close LGBT Conference

Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Tokyo: New Law Bars LGBT Discrimination

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said. The act, enacted on October 5, 2018, also…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Supreme Court Set to Announce Decision in Ashers ‘gay Cake’ Case

The UK’s highest court is to rule next week on whether the Christian owners of a bakery discriminated against a customer by refusing to make a cake decorated with the words “Support Gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Anti-LGBT Lobbyist Tony Perkins Praises Trump Administration’s New Visa Policy for UN Staff

Tony Perkins, president of conservative lobbying group Family Research Council, has praised US president Donald Trump’s administration for saying it will stop giving visas to unmarried same-sex partners of UN employees. The Trump administration’s new…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

US Ends Diplomatic Visas for UN Same-Sex Partners

The US has announced it will deny diplomatic visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees. The change went into effect on Monday, giving partners currently in the US…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Students Protest After Christian University Reinstates ban on LGBTI Relationships

Students are protesting after an Evangelical university in California, USA, reinstated a ban on LGBT+ romantic relationships between students on campus. In September, Azusa Pacific University (APU) changed the language used in a standard of conduct agreement to…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Egyptian Director Supports Arab LGBTI Community in Upcoming Film

Egypt's crackdown on the LGBTQI+ community has intensified in recent years, with authorities arresting several individuals based on their sexual orientation. But, one Egyptian film director is challenging the homophobia by standing in solidarity with the…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Singapore Elite Backs Push to Overturn Anti-Gay Laws

Senior members of Singapore’s business, political and legal elite have backed fresh attempts to overturn the colonial-era section of the country’s penal code that criminalizes gay sex. Leading the push are former…

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