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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: 10/01/2018

U.S. To Partners of U.N. LGBTQ Staff: Get Married, or Get Out

The State Department on Monday began imposing a new policy that restricts visas for the same-sex partners of staff of U.S.-based international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: APU Does a 360 and Reinstates Ban

Azusa Pacific University, an Evangelical college in California, had LGBT students who felt that they were being discriminated against because they were not allowed to express romance on campus unlike their heterosexual classmates…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2018

Supreme Court’s New Season Includes Cases of Importance to LGBT Community

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week's political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump's second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

US Congress Rejects Anti-LGBT Adoption Amendment

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people planning on fostering or adopting children in the US have a victory to celebrate. The US House of Representatives approved an appropriations package for the…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

Egyptian Filmmaker Aims to Show LGBT+ People are ‘Not Alone’

The director of a new Egyptian movie about a secretly gay man preparing to marry a woman has said he wanted to let LGBT+ people in the Middle East know they are…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

In Legal Battle Over Gay Sex, Kenya Court to Consider India Verdict on Section 377

Parties involved in a court case seeking to decriminalize gay sex in Kenya will be allowed to make submissions based on a recent decision by India’s Supreme Court to overturn a ban…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Japanese Magazine to Close After Abe Ally’s ‘homophobic’ Article

A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The Shincho 45 said it…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

India Court Rules Lesbian Couple Can Live Together

A court in India's southern state of Kerala has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who want to live together. S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the high court alleging her partner Aruna,…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Indian Apex Court’s Ruling on Gay Sex, Urges Countries to Amend Laws

The UN’s top human rights official cited “landmark decision by India’s Supreme Court” decriminalizing consenual gay sex and urged more countries to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Brazil’s Evangelicals say Far-Right Presidential Candidate is Answer to Their Prayers

On a visit to Israel two years ago, far-right Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro leaned back into the River Jordan in a white robe to be baptized in the arms of a fellow…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Georgia: UN Expert to Assess Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

From September the 25th to October the 5th, the UN Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will be in Georgia.…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

More than 300 LGBT+ People Have Been Killed in Brazil so Far This Year

More than 300 people in Brazil have been killed in anti-LGBT hate crimes so far this year. One of the murders from this year was that of 38-year-old black, lesbian councilwoman Marielle…

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