• 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: 03/29/2020

Supporting PrEP in eastern Europe and central Asia

ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity – recently published a report on access to PrEP (regular medication to prevent HIV infection) in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

Quarantine Chronicles: Returning Home as a Gay Person

For as long as I felt possible, I put off making the decision to leave behind my life in San Diego and return to my hometown to quarantine myself. For about a…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

UK Black Pride warns coronavirus will adversely affect queer people of colour as annual festival is postponed

UK Black Pride has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has seen the UK go into lockdown. The event, which is Europe’s largest celebration for LGBT+ people of…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

Egypt denies existence of LGBT people

The government of Egypt has told UN member states that it cannot protect LGBT people’s rights because it does not recognise that they exist. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that Egypt made…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2020

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2020

Gay dancer trapped at home with homophobic Christian parents who think he has an ‘evil disease’

A young, gay dancer has described how, because of the coronavirus lockdown, he is trapped at home with his homophobic Christian parents who believe he has an “evil disease”. Sam, 23, told…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2020

Explained: The 33 Gender Identities Recognised By The Australian Sex Survey

The acronym "LGBT" was once considered sufficiently representational of non-heterosexual sexuality and gender types. Well, it looks like we're going to need a few more letters. A new Australian sex survey conducted…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2020

Second blanket ban on LGBTI+ events in Ankara has been lifted!

The second indefinite ban on LGBTI+ activity was lifted in Ankara, which was declared by the document submitted to the Police by the Governor's Office in 2018. The governor's office was unable…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2020

The fight against Poland’s ‘LGBT free zones’

New laws are being passed across Poland taking aim at the LGBT community. They’ve been called “LGBT free zones” as a shorthand. While they don’t necessarily mean that lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2020

Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice

In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team.…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

Malaysian LGBT podcast hosts on being queer in a conservative society

“One episode that stands out to this day involved an interview with a person who participated in chemsex,” the Malaysian podcast host known as J says when asked about memorable moments from…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

Global LGBT organizations mobilize in face of pandemic

Global LGBT organizations are responding to the impact of the coronavirus as they work to protect some of the most vulnerable queer people. There have been 19,753 deaths around the world reported…

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