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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: 09/01/2018

Half of British Teenagers Struggling with Sexuality Have Self-harmed – Report

Almost half of British teenagers who are LGBT or questioning their sexuality have self-harmed, according to a study released on Wednesday that found they have significantly lower life satisfaction than their peers.…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2018

LGBT Groups Slam College’s ‘Sexual Deviation’ Forum

Thailand's gender diversity groups yesterday denounced a plan by the all-male Bangkok Christian College to host a seminar to help parents protect their children from “sexual deviation”. Saying such an obsolete term…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2018

Guatemala: Reject ‘Life and Family Protection’ Law

Guatemalan legislators should reject an extraordinarily dangerous “Life and Family Protection” bill that would seriously undermine the rights of women and LGBT people in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2018

From Sniggers to Abuse: ‘Visibly Different’ LGBT Indians Struggle for Jobs

At a busy New Delhi intersection, Kummi knocks on car windows and begs for money - the only job she says she is qualified for in India, where stigma denies transgender women…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Minor Prosecuted Under Russia’s Propaganda Laws Wins Separate Appeal on ‘Gays or Putin’ Protest

As Maxim Neverov awaits appeal over his prosecution under Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws, he has already taken one major step toward justice. Last week the 16-year-old learned an appeals court in Altai Krai…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

LGBTQ Classes Are Now Mandatory For College Students In Gujarat

While the LGBTQ-rights movement in India is coming into its own, the world’s first openly gay prince and LGBTQ rights activist, Manvendra Singh Gohil, has pioneered South Asia’s first academic module on…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

Pioneering Gay Pastor, Who Called for Church to Welcome LGBTI People in 1960s, Dies Aged 95

Robert Wood, who called on churches to welcome gay people in the 1960s, has died aged 95. Wood passed away at his home in New Hampshire on August 19, his friend Rejean Blanchette, who cared…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

LGBTI Rights Groups Launch Counter-Campaign

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP) lawmakers along with a coalition of LGBT rights groups yesterday urged people to vote “no” to three referendums on homosexuality that are expected…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

How a Rainbow-colored Armband Led to a Soccer Riot

A year ago, soccer player Guram Kashia lay in bed filled with fear and anxiety while facing social media threats, denouncements, political commentary and protests from a small pocket of people in…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

Prejudice “is an everyday thing,” says Tania Duarte, a gay community leader in Cartagena, the historic port and resort on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gait is firm and determined, as she steps…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Success to Lebanon to Savour, but Challenges Remain for LGBTI Rights in Lebanon

When a Lebanon court of appeal upheld a ruling in July that adult, consensual same-sex conduct is not an “unnatural offence,” a wave of excitement rippled through Lebanese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Police Arrest 57 Suspected Homosexuals in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 57 persons suspected to be involved in homosexual activities in the Egbeda area of the state. The Lagos State Commissioner of…

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