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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: 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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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Survivors Seek Justice as Chechnya LGBTI Purge Remains Un-investigated

In the summer of 2017, Zelim Bakaev flew home to his native Chechnya from Moscow, where he was building a career as a pop singer and model. Bakaev, according to his friends,…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

One Year on from Rainbow Flag Arrests, Egypt Continues LGBT Crackdown

On 22 September 2017, the rainbow flag was waved at a music concert in Cairo. A brutal crackdown on LGBT+ people followed quickly – clearly designed to intimidate and to erase the…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Homophobic Article Gets Japanese Magazine Suspended Indefinitely

A homophobic article — and several follow-up articles — has led to the indefinite suspension of a Japanese magazine. Shinchosha Publishing Co. announced Tuesday night (25 September) that it is essentially folding…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Straight Families in Singapore Speak Out for LGBTI People Amid anti-Gay Law Debate

In Singapore, the debate over repealing the country’s anti-gay law, Section 377A, has grown increasingly ugly. Religious leaders have encouraged Singaporeans to support the law that criminalizes gay sex with up to…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

LGBTQ Community Cheers Passage of New Law That Protects from Discrimination

Tuesday night leaders in Cuyahoga County gave the green light to the formation of a commission on human rights that extends new protections for members of the LGBTQ community. Previously those individuals…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2018

Romanian Newspaper Compares LGBT+ Activists to Nazis

A leading Romanian newspaper has been condemned for a front page which featured a drag queen in a Nazi uniform. The image on the front of România Liberă, which also features a…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2018

LGBT Activist Reportedly “Lynched” in Greece

A Greek LGBT activist died on Saturday, an alleged victim of a lynch mob, but officials say only a full medical investigation will determine a broader picture of how he died. Zak…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2018

Mix of Setbacks, Gains Unsettles Many Transgender Americans

For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a…

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