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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: 09/22/2018

Mahathir: Malaysia Cannot Accept Same-Sex Marriage

Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, in comments that come amid growing instances of persecution of the LGBT community…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2018

LGBTIQ+ Chinese Nationals Choose Australia to Come Out

An increasing number of Chinese nationals are traveling to Australia to freely come out as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. China legalized homosexuality in 1997 but legislative…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

UKIP Vows to Gut LGBT Rights in Extreme New Manifesto

LGBT+ activists were described as child abusers at the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party’s conference on Friday, as it launched a new manifesto that takes drastic new anti-LGBT stances. UKIP faced a mass…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Topless Trans Man Features on Cover of Arabic Gay Magazine

The new issue of groundbreaking LGBTI magazine My.Kali features bold images of a trans man on its cover. Jordanian gay advocate, Khalid ‘Kali’ Abdel-Hadi founded and publishes My.Kali. The English language version…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

LGBTI Advocates Denounce Support for Singapore’s anti-Gay Law

Advocates for LGBTI rights have hit back at religious institutions for supporting Singapore’s anti-gay law, Section 377A. In the last two weeks both Christian and Islamic organizations have expressed support for the…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Don’t Scrap Law Penalising Gay Sex, Warns Singapore’s Archbishop

A colonial-era law that criminalizes consensual sex between men should not be repealed in the “present circumstances,” said Singapore’s archbishop late Tuesday. The statement sees William Goh wade into a firestorm of…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Russian Police Won’t Protect Gay People from Violent Threats

Russian police are refusing to investigate extreme homophobic hate speech—because they claim gay people are not a valid social group. Anna Plyusnina, who is a legal adviser at Yekaterinburg LGBTI Resource Centre, alerted…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Romanians To Vote On Gay Marriage Ban

Romania will hold a referendum next month on whether to define marriage as between a man and a woman in its constitution. Romania's constitution currently defines marriage as a union between “spouses.”…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

#KindrGrindr: Gay Dating App Launches Anti-racism Campaign

If you're a black or Asian user of gay dating app Grindr, then it's possible you've encountered racism while using it. Some users of the app have said they've come across what…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Police Handling of 40 Years of Gay Hate Crimes Under Scrutiny in NSW

Almost 30 years after Alan Rosendale was savagely bashed on a Sydney street by a group he believes were police officers, he is hoping a parliamentary inquiry into gay hate crimes can bring some…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2018

Northern Ireland DUP Councillor Backs LGBTI Rainbow Town Hall, Defying Party Line

A Democratic Unionist Party councilor voted to light up a town hall in Northern Ireland in rainbow colors to mark Pride days. Tom Smith, who represents Donaghadee and Bangor East, voted in favor of…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2018

Priest Defies Cardinal Cupich, Burns LGBTI Flag on Church Grounds

A North Side priest says he “can’t sit well” with Cardinal Blase Cupich burned a gay-friendly flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal he claims…

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