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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: 11/30/2021

Netherlands formally apologies for forced sterilization of trans, intersex people

The Dutch government on Saturday formally apologized to transgender and intersex people who were forced to become sterile in order to legally change their gender. The Gender Change Act, which was also…

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Tomas Diafas — Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival, Greece

Tomas Diafas is the founder of the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival. This grassroots initiative aims to alter deeply entrenched misconceptions and prejudices toward the LGBTQ+ community through artistic and cultural practices. Here,…

Aritha Wickramasinghe — Equality Director at iProbono, Sri Lanka

Aritha Wickramasinghe is the Equality Director at iProbono, a globally focused civil society organization that provides legal aid to marginalized individuals and advocates for social equity. Born in Sri Lanka, Aritha earned…

ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

China’s LGBTIQ+ movement is under attack. But international support can be a double-edged sword

People often ask me what it's like to be queer or trans in China. It was the number one question I encountered when I returned to Melbourne after three years in Shanghai,…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

One step forward, two steps back

Once again, those waiting on news of marriage equality in Thailand were met with disappointment. Let's talk about Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code first. It states that only a…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

How a Seattle man became a lifeline for persecuted LGBTQ people in other countries

Michael Failla doesn't get much sleep. In the dead of the night, the Seattle resident gets panicked calls and messages from members of the LGBTQ community in the Middle East -- mostly…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2021

Cameroon Says Citizens Abuse LGBTI People

YAOUNDÉ — Cameroon says lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are increasingly becoming victims of violence and brutality. The central African state’s government made the comment this week after Human Rights Watch…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Elderly gay couple forced from Toowoomba home by abuse

An elderly gay couple will sell up and leave their Toowoomba home following homophobic abuse. Bruce Gardiner told the Toowoomba Chronicle that he and husband Derek suffered eight years of abuse, vile…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Family Acceptance Project launches online resource to help LGBTQ youth

As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches into another year, the toll on children, youth and families has escalated. Last month, leading national child and adolescent medical groups designated a national emergency for children’s…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Dutch government apologizes for discredited transgender law

The Dutch government made a public apology Saturday for a now discredited and scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their gender on…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Brazilian film traces suffering of LGBTQIA community in 1980

The 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) saw the Asian premiere of a film on the LGBTQIA community, ‘The First Fallen’, by Brazilian filmmaker Rodrigo de Oliveira. The film traces the…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2021

Jamaican health minister calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination

Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness told a recent public forum organized by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that LGBT Jamaicans should not face discrimination in accessing mental health services. The newspaper reported.…

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