• 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: 10/19/2020

Belize’s far-reaching gender bill runs aground. Critics warn of international ‘gender ideology’ pressure.

A bill purporting to secure equality and anti-discrimination in Belize was withdrawn last month after Bishop Lawrence Nicasio and other Catholic leaders raised objections to the bill’s treatment of sexual orientation and…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2020

Amy Coney Barrett Puts Reversal of Marriage Equality ‘Clearly Within Sight’

While many Republicans and right-wing activists are pretending that they have no idea how Amy Coney Barrett will rule on major issues, anti-equality activists like National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2020

Single fathers with children via surrogates flee Russia amid crackdown

Several gay men have fled Russia after officials said that they would arrest people “of non-traditional sexual orientation” who had had children through surrogacy. The announcement formed the authorities’ latest attack on…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2020

44 held for attending ’gay wedding’ in Algeria

Human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that Algerian authorities must immediately release and drop the charges against 44 people for attending a “gay wedding”. According to reports, on…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2020

While fighting anti-Muslim hatred, I decided to stand up up for LGBT+ rights. Homophobes targeted me.

A core founding principle of leading organisations that tackle hatred and bigotry, is to ensure that these organisations hold up and stand firm against any form of bigotry, whether that emanates from…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Demos planned as Italy mulls LGBT+ hate crime law for the sixth time

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out and his friend ended up in hospital - the latest in a series of anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Japan: Calls grow to include LGBT couples in national census

Advocacy groups and members of the LGBT community are calling on the central government to count the number of LGBT couples in the national census so they can be accurately reflected in…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Australia Set to Fully Outlaw ‘Gay Panic’ Defense

The state of South Australia is poised to eliminate the controversial gay defense provision that allows defendants to claim their reaction to a person’s sexual orientation can be considered as a mitigating…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Indonesia Vows Firm Actions Against Soldiers Linked to LGBT

The Indonesian Military said today it will impose strict sanction on soldiers who are proven to involve in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual or Transgender (LGBT) groups. Earlier, rumors circulated that the…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

How American religious conservatives fought LGBT rights in Ukraine

This year has seen several blows to LGBT rights in Ukraine. In June, the Law Enforcement committee of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, voted down a proposed law which would have enhanced…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Pastor suspended for giving blessing at LGBT festival

The Korean Methodist Church has suspended Rev. Lee Dong-hwan for two years for holding a "blessing ceremony" at a queer festival in August last year, during which he gave a blessing to…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Rugby latest battleground for trans women as England breaks ranks

A ban on transgender women competing in international rugby matches will not stop them playing the women’s game in England, the sport’s governing body said on Wednesday in the latest split over…

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