• 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: 02/10/2019

ICE confirms 45 transgender women being held at Texas detention center

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week confirmed to the Washington Blade that it is currently housing 45 transgender women at a privately-run detention center in Texas. Danielle Bennett on Tuesday said…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2019

School forced to close after inviting black, gay speaker for assembly

Protesters forced a school to close after they invited a gay councilperson to speak. Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina, told parents that due to several groups planning demonstrations at the…

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ADDED ON: 02/10/2019

Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with Thai civil unions

Luke Cassady-Dorion believed marriage was for “boring” straight people until he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with - Tae. But Thailand, where they live, does…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2019

LGBT Pride and dating: How bisexual women face stigma and hostility in relationships

A new study reveals many "bisexual-plus" Kiwi women feel misunderstood and invalidated when dating. Auckland University of Technology's Tara Pond is the first New Zealand academic to analyse in-depth the lives and romantic relationships of bisexual-plus women…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2019

LGBT+ activists fear police missed chances to catch Canadian serial killer

As Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of eight men on Friday, LGBT+ activists questioned whether homophobia and racism may have hampered police investigations…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2019

LGBT police officers say they’ve faced horrible discrimination, and now they’re suing

It didn't matter whether Jay Brome called for backup during high-speed stolen car pursuits, intense vehicle impoundments or hit-and-run investigations. His fellow officers at the California Highway Patrol would not respond even…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2019

Australian senator: Kids shouldn’t have to know gay parents exist

Australian senator Ian Macdonald has said that people have the right to stop their children from learning about gay parents. Macdonald was chairing a Senate committee examining a bill which would ban…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2019

Tennessee lawmakers file bills that would allow adoption agencies to refuse service to LGBT couples

Tennessee lawmakers this week introduced a set of bills that would allow adoption agencies to deny services to LGBT couples on religious grounds. One bill, filed by state Sen. Joey Hensley (R)…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2019

LGBTI Students to get New Access to Bursary Program from Province

The Nova Scotia government will broaden who is eligible for a bursary meant to promote diversity in the communications field, after Mount Saint Vincent University students and staff said they were concerned it excluded LGBTI students.…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

Why Some Members of Singapores’s LGBTI Community Prefer Life in the Shadows

When news broke in December that Singapore’s High Court had allowed a gay couple to adopt their son conceived through a surrogate in the United States, it was not met with cheers…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

Living in Venezuela Now is Hard. Being LGBTI Makes it Harder

Venezuela’s shrinking economy has sparked an exodus of LGBT+ people as the economic crisis has put the brakes on the country’s growing tolerance towards its gay and trans community, activists told the…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

‘Boy Erased’ Erased from Brazilian Cinemas

A decision by distributors not to release a film about gay conversion therapy has stirred controversy in Brazil and provoked dismay among the country’s LGBT activists. Boy Erased, which was scheduled for…

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