• 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: 06/17/2019

Fighting For Recognition in Japan

When 13 LGBTQ couples sued the Japanese government earlier this year, arguing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage, it made headlines around the world as a historic moment in the country’s journey…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Young people key to combatting homophobia: LGBT rugby chief

Educating young people about the evils of homophobia was a key message from Europe's largest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament, the biennial Union Cup, held in Dublin last weekend, organisers said. Richie Fagan,…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Male couple refused entry to restaurant ‘because a couple is a man and woman’

A male couple were told they couldn’t dine at a restaurant in the northern city of Nazareth Illit because the special event was reserved for families and couples, and a couple had…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Legalising homosexuality: Germany did it 25 years ago – what about other European countries?

This week Germany celebrated legalising homosexuality twenty-five years ago. Until June 11, 1994, it was still considered a crime in Germany even though since 1969 homosexuals were no longer prosecuted for “fornication”.…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

‘Police are a force of terror’: The LGBT activists who want cops out of Pride

It took half a century, but this LGBT Pride month, the New York police department (NYPD) finally apologized for the infamous 1969 raid on the Stonewall gay bar. Some queer New Yorkers…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert

In a statement issued ahead of presenting his latest report to the Human Rights Council later this month, Victor Madrigal-Borloz urged States to collect more data in an effort to understand the…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Detective investigated for calling for execution of LGBT people

A church sermon by a sheriff’s detective is being investigated after it called LGBT+ people to be arrested and executed. The Knox County Attorney General’s Office is looking into the hour-long sermon…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Brazilian president says decision to criminalise homophobia ‘completely wrong’

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro criticised the country's Supreme Court after they ruled to criminalise homophobia, making it a crime equivalent to racism in Brazil. Bolsonaro told reporters on Friday the Supreme Court…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Malaysian human rights group reject LGBTI rights in letter

A Malaysian human rights campaigner has rejected LGBTI rights, claiming they are a ‘western import’. Azril Mohd Amin from the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) wrote a letter to…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Gay people unlikely to report intimate partner violence: expert

It is possible that more that 90 percent of individuals subject to intimate partner violence in homosexual relationships in Taiwan do not seek help from government-run support networks, Fan Kuo-yung (范國勇), a…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

AP Explains: The rocky rise of LGBT rights in Latin America

Despite a dark past, today many LGBT citizens in Latin America are enjoying the right to marry, choose their gender identity and adopt children. But while laws in several of the region’s…

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