• 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: 10/13/2019

Student punished for ‘The Prom’ shirt says peer came out to her after hearing her story

A West Orange eighth-grader and district officials are both looking at the bright side after the student was punished for wearing a shirt that said "We're all lesbians." Justice Cillo-Smith was issued…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

Man who hurled homophobic abuse at nine-year-old boy facing jail

A Scottish man who assaulted a nine-year-old boy and shouted homophobic abuse at him is facing time in prison. Craig Stoddon appeared at a court in Scotland last week and admitted to…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

Activists defiant as Uganda proposes death penalty for gay sex

The Ugandan government's plan to reintroduce a bill that could impose the death penalty for homosexuality is being met with defiance from the LGBTQ community in the East African nation, activists told…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2019

‘The protagonist’s identity of marginalised gay Muslim Afghan refugee is definitely mine’

August 22, 2013 was an important day in Afghan history, and also in Nemat Sadat’s life. Sadat was the first person from Afghanistan to come out, through a post shared on Facebook.…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

Ukraine’s first-ever LGBT shelter forced to close after running out of money

An LGBT+ shelter in Kyiv ran out of money and was forced to close its doors, severing off a pocket of protection in a war-tugged country where citizens and officials divide on…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2019

International donors ‘stand with’ LGBT+ Ugandans over ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

Major donors of aid to Uganda including the United States and the European Union said on Friday they were closely examining a plan by the east African nation to introduce the death…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

How This Brazilian Drag Queen Is Taking the Pop World By Storm—And Fighting for LGBTQ Rights Along the Way

If Pabllo Vittar is making headlines, they might be about her smash hit songs, her astonishing fashion week outfits, her disruptive political statements, or some combination of the three. Over the last…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

The Horrifying Campaign Against LGBTQ People in Poland—and How the U.S. Has Made It Worse

In a poll conducted last month in the lead-up to this Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Poland, Poles under 40 were asked to name what they considered the greatest threat to their country.…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

The migrant caravans: Finally feeling safe, she longs for her wife and son

Marveny Suchite lives with her American immigration sponsor in a bungalow here on a tree-lined street. A neighbor’s yard sign reads: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

Mum of teen who died by suicide after being outed demands urgent action

A mother whose son took his own life after bullies outed him online is calling for action on the “epidemic” of LGBT+ bullying. Tyler Clementi, 18, tragically died in 2010. He was…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2019

Brazil must reinstate funding for LGBT films because they ‘deserve protection’, judge rules

A federal judge has ruled that Brazil must reinstate suspended funding for LGBT+ films because they “deserve protection”, in a victory for LGBT+ activists and filmmakers. Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to halt government…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2019

Australian Christian Lobby backs sacking of employees with no ‘Christian sexual ethic’

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed calls for religious businesses such as aged care providers to gain more powers of hiring and firing employees who do not conform to religious teachings. In…

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