fbpx
  • 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: 04/15/2021

Sex ed rules passed in Arizona would require parents to sign off on LGBT discussions

Arizona has passed new sex education rules that would require parents to sign off on their children learning about LGBT issues. It "requires the school governing board to develop procedures by which…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

Tunisian LGBT rights group provides vital services during pandemic

The Tunisian LGBT rights group Mawjoudin (Arabic for “We Exist”) has been providing vital services to vulnerable community members through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its just-released annual newsletter. Mawjoudin was founded…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/15/2021

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Fury at UNHCR as burned Kakuma LGBTQIA+ refugee dies

Activists slam the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Kakuma Camp LGBTQIA+ refugee and human rights defender Chriton ‘Trinidad’ Atuhwera dies from burns sustained in a homophobic attack. The 22-year-old had been in…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Judge to decide if gay couple who tied the knot in 1974 will have marriage validated

Nearly five decades after they tied the knot, a gay Winnipeg couple is still fighting to have their marriage registered by the Manitoba government. "We're dealing with irrational prejudice here," said Chris…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

The Man on a Mission to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in China

The wedding in the spring of 2016 was unlike any China had ever witnessed — two men stood shoulder to shoulder in matching purple tuxedos, professing love and promising to spend their…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Mexican Netflix street vendor star ‘Lady Tacos’ eyes jump to political stage

After Mexico City’s ‘Lady Tacos de Canasta,’ a street vendor featured in a Netflix series, stood up to police who she said harassed her on the street, she decided to take her…

GO TO FULL STORY

Sayan Bhattacharya: Memory, Invisibility, and Trans and Hijra Persons in India

Sayan Bhattacharya (they/them) is a Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, as well as a queer and trans rights activist in India. In this piece we…

ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Anti-LGBT+ groups are now pushing voter suppression and anti-vax conspiracy theories

In an unsurprising development, a cluster of right-wing groups that actively campaign for anti-trans bills are also backing voter suppression and anti-vaccine conspiracies. New restrictions that could see tougher limits on early…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Putin Officially Bans Same-Sex Marriage In Russia And Stops Transgender People Adopting

Russian president Vladimir Putin has put a ban on same-sex marriage and transgender adoptions, in a huge blow for LGBTQ+ rights. Putin officially changed the country’s constitution on a number of issues…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Backlash in Iran after academic calls for ‘removing gays’ from Tehran

Activists launched a petition against an Iranian academic and theatre director who was slammed for making homophobic remarks in an outrageous rant against the Iran's LGBTQ+ community. Last month, Ghotboddin Sadegh told…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price

When local councilors adopted a resolution two years ago declaring their small town in southeastern Poland “free of L.G.B.T.,” the mayor didn’t see much harm in what appeared to be a symbolic…

GO TO FULL STORY