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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: 05/14/2018

LGBT Rights Activists Join Protest Rally in Tbilisi

The LGBT community rights activists have jointed the protest rally of thousands caused by a police operation to detain drug dealers in night clubs and taking place on Tbilisi's Rustaveli Avenue. Speaking…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Mexico Bans 17 ‘False’ Transgender Women Running in Local Elections

The LGBT community in Oaxaca, Mexico, is outraged after 17 men falsely identified themselves as transgender women to stand for the upcoming local elections on July 11. Mexican media reported that various…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Activists Pushing Ahead to Raise Awareness of Gay Culture in Bolivia

“Dark-skinned, poor and queer” is how Edgar Solis – a member of the Maricas Bolivia (Bolivia Queers) movement – defines himself, a lawbreaker at times but a tenacious defender of free love…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2018

Chinese Lesbian Marks Mothers’ Day With Call For Reproductive Rights

A lesbian activist has called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to allow full reproductive rights for unmarried women, who aren't currently allowed to give birth under existing family planning rules. Zhan Yingying,…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Ghana: Stop ‘Forcing’ African Leaders to Legalize Homosexuality’

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has chastised the Western world over attempts to lure African leaders into embracing homosexuality. Expressing his abhorrence for the act on Metro TV’s Good Evening…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Censor Attacks Health Website

Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus, a website raising awareness about the exploding HIV epidemic among men who have…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Portugal’s President Vetoes New Gender-Change Law

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would have made it easier for people to change their gender and name in documents. The law, approved by parliament last…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Malaysia Begins Blocking Online AIDS/HIV and LGBT Travel Information

In an unprecedented move for a multi-cultural tourism destination, Malaysia has begun to block Internet access to public information about HIV/AIDS and LGBT travel, effecting busy travel hubs like Kuala Lumpur’s International…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Looking for Rohmer Challenges China’s Cinematic Gay Taboo

A low-budget film has made headlines in China, not for its glowing success at the box office or critical acclaim, but simply because it made it into cinemas at all. Looking for…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Banned Director Wants to Turn Africa’s Image on its Head

Wanuri Kahiu is remarkably chipper for someone who went from national hero to being accused of corrupting Kenyan youth in little over a week. Her film “Rafiki”, a touching love story between…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2018

New NRA Chief Once Compared Fighting Gay Rights to Fight Against Slavery

“Some say that we must ignore social issues, like the definition of marriage, the sanctity of life, religious freedoms,” North said. “I say those are not social issues, they are deeply moral…

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