• 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: 06/20/2019

LGBT-community attacked in Kyiv

On June 16-23 a week in support of LGBT-community is held in Kyiv. On June 19, a group of perpetrators committed an attack at the participants of Kyiv rally, as the organizational…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

LGBT rights across the world: Progress achieved in 50 years

Fifty years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which sparked an LGBT liberation movement in the U.S. and elsewhere, 36% of countries are yet to decriminalise homosexuality. In other…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Sinaloa Congress says no to same-sex marriage by 20-18

Sinaloa lawmakers voted Tuesday against a measure that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state with 20 votes against and 18 in favor. Most of the yes votes came from the…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Liberal Democratic Party and tradition may stymie push for same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. While surveys show…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

LGBT Refugees Allege Harassment in Kenya, a Rare Safe Haven

Burundi national Nina Muregwa says she feels threatened again. After escaping death threats back home over her sexual identity the 17-year-old thought she had found a sanctuary in Kenya. Recent incidents, however,…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Jean Wyllys Travels Abroad and Says ‘Stupidity Virus’ Strikes Part of Brazil

Nearly a month after resigning from his political office and leaving the country under threat, former federal deputy Jean Wyllys is touring Europe giving talks on the political situation at home. He…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad: Gays shouldn’t get married because they can’t have kids

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that same-sex marriage is “regressive.” In an appearance at the Cambridge Union in the UK on Sunday (June 17), the 93-year-old leader railed against same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

St. Lucia plans its first Pride celebration

The Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia is gearing up for its first Pride celebration, although it still clings to anti-gay laws. On paper, St. Lucia’s laws provide for up to 10…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

What it’s like to be gay and Qatari

Homosexuality is so taboo in Qatar that it doesn’t feature in public discourse, yet practically it very much exists. Being gay is frowned upon here, and a lot of people have this…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

Scuffles break out at anti-trans rally in Vancouver

Tempers flared between pro- and anti-trans rights protestors in Vancouver on Saturday (15 June). Several hundred people from both sides converged outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the early afternoon. The two…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

The Lavender Scare: the shocking true story of an anti-LGBT witch-hunt

When Josh Howard began working on his documentary The Lavender Scare, way back in 2009, America was a very different place – not least for its LGBT citizens. Barack Obama had recently…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

The Biggest LGBT Center In The World Just Got Bigger — And Better

The construction wasn’t quite finished on the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus in mid-May. There was still caution tape on some of the planters outside, and men on…

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