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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: 09/12/2018

Chinese Activists Renew Push for Same-sex Marriage in their Thousands

Chinese activists are rallying in their thousands to renew a push for same-sex marriage, making use of a rare window of opportunity to suggest revisions to a draft piece of legislation to…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

The Homophobic Legacy of the British Empire

A wave of joy and relief swept through India's LGBTI community last week following a landmark decision by the country's Supreme Court to legalize consensual gay sex. The announcement that Section 377,…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

Still Waiting for Its 377 Moment, Kashmir’s LGBTI Community Hopes in the Shadows

The Supreme Court reading down Section 377 and decriminalizing homosexuality was a moment of celebration and joy everywhere in the country — except in Jammu and Kashmir, where the LGBT+ community has…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

Romania Moves Closer to Ruling Out Same-sex Marriage

Romanian senators have approved a law that would pave the way for the constitution to be changed to explicitly state that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2018

Hundreds Sign Controversial Petition to Ban Inverness Gay Pride March Branding it ‘shameful and deeply offensive’

HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition to stop a parade celebrating gay culture in Inverness, describing it as ‘unsavoury and deeply offensive’. The controversial petition has gathered over 700 signatures to…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2018

Most Singaporeans Still Support Law Banning Gay Sex: Survey

A slim majority of Singaporeans still support a law that bans gay sex, an online survey showed on Monday, amid renewed debate on whether the city-state should follow India’s footsteps and scrap…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2018

Lithuanian Artist Launches LGBT Rainbow Flashmob After Arson Attack

Lithuanians are fighting to flood their country with hundreds of rainbow flags following a suspected homophobic arson attack against an artist in Vilnius. Police officers in Vilnius warned gay filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Remembering Siddharth Gautam: India’s First LGBT Activist

“History owes an apology to LGBT persons for ostracisation and discrimination.” With that, the Supreme Court struck down the draconian law that criminalised sexual activities between two consenting homosexual adults. But the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

LGBT Rights Activists Chant ‘We are Here’ at Incheon Rally Following Standoff with Protesters

LGBT rights activists, who gathered for a pride event in Incheon on Saturday, September 8, repeatedly chanted “We are here” before the event broke up, after a day that involved a standoff…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

A Long & Hard Battle of a Sri Lankan Activist for Gay Rights

Waking up on the morning of September 6, I thought I was facing yet another humdrum day in Colombo. Good news is always so few and far between when it comes to…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Amending 377a: Unlike Courts, Parliament Will Take into Account Views of Public

Whether Section 377A will be repealed or amended will be a matter for Parliament to decide, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Saturday, a day after he first spoke about…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Homosexuality is Against Nature: Religious Groups

Unhappy with the Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality, various religious groups are up in arms with some of them planning to approach the top court for seeking a review of the historic verdict.…

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