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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: 01/10/2020

African LGBT refugees plead UN for safe shelter after Kenya camp attacks

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks.…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

Bulgarian Women Battle on for Recognition of Their Marriage

For two years, Lili and Darina Babulkova have been struggling to have their marriage in the UK legalised in Bulgaria, where LGBT marriages are not recognised. Their most recent appeal, to the…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

India’s LGBTQ community joins citizenship law protests

More than 1,000 members of India’s LGBTQ community, rights groups and their supporters marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to protest a citizenship law that excludes Muslims. Describing themselves…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2020

Poland opposition parties hit back at escalating homophobia by appointing gay candidate for presidential election

The strongly conservative Catholic country has seen a huge surge in homophobia after the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) based its winning 2019 parliamentary election campaign on a platform of LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2020

Support for laws against LGBT discrimination in Hong Kong rising, Chinese University survey finds

Opposition to legal protections for Hong Kong’s sexual minorities is on the wane, a university survey showed on Tuesday, as the professor behind it called on the government to “wake up” to…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2020

TRUMP ADVISOR PRAISES ZAMBIA FOR ANTI-GAY LAW

Donald Trump’s religious advisor, Tony Perkins, welcomed the decision to overthrow an American ambassador who condemned an anti-gay law in Zambia. Tony Perkins, who sits on the US Commission on International Religious…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2020

The ‘ex-closeted gay jihadist’ bringing meditation to Jakarta

When Bagia Arif Saputra was growing up in a university town near Jakarta, becoming a jihadist seemed a natural choice for young men like him, who were steeped in the teachings of…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

Section 377 crusader Ashok Row Kavi steps down as Humsafar Trust Chairman

Ashok Row Kavi, the founder Chairperson of Mumbai-based Humsafar Trust has stepped down from his post. The Indian journalist and LGBT rights activist had founded the Trust in 1994. It provides counselling,…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

LGBT Muslim charity condemns spike in hate crimes after Birmingham school protests

The LGBT+ education row centred on two Birmingham primary schools and was led mainly by Muslim parents. The disruptive protests began in March 2019 and continued for months until they were finally…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

Why is China raising the prospect of same-sex marriage?

China has taken a step forward to allow same-sex marriage, a move that could undo years of discrimination, delight rights activists and give new rights to the LGBTQ community "after years of…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2020

Taiwan’s president is battling a deluge of election-linked homophobic fake news

Taiwan is often described as Asia’s most gay-friendly place. It was, after all, the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. It boasts the biggest Pride event in the region and…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2020

Why China’s Gay Academics Feel They Must Stand Out or Stay Hidden

Since 2018, I’ve interviewed 40 gay men who either currently teach or have previously taught at Chinese colleges and universities. My aim was to discover what challenges they face as teachers and…

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