• 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: 06/26/2022

Mass same-sex wedding in Mexico challenges discrimination

Even after five years of living together in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, something as simple as holding hands or sharing a kiss in public is unthinkable for Dayanny Marcelo and…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2022

With war, Kyiv pride parade becomes a peace march in Warsaw

Ukraine’s largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, went ahead Saturday, although not on its native streets or as a celebration. Due to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the event normally held in Kyiv took…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

Lebanon interior minister tells security forces to ‘stop’ LGBTQ gatherings over pressure from religious figures

Lebanon's interior minister gave instructions to security forces on Friday to stop gatherings of the LGBTQ community, following pressure from religious institutions. Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi instructed Lebanon's Internal Security Forces to…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

As Israel readies for new elections, the LGBTQ community is at risk

Israel’s government has collapsed — and the county is headed to new elections for the fifth time in three years. In this renewed period of uncertainty, Israel’s LGBTQ community has cause for…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

In Bulgaria, A Bisexual Police Officer Set Up An LGBT Union. He Was Then Shunned.

Fed up with the discrimination he and his LGBT colleagues on the police force faced in Bulgaria, where "homophobia is a religion," officer Petromir Genchev decided it was time to do something…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

LGBTQ community braces for rollback of rights after abortion ruling

Abortion rights supporters Courage Universe, left, and Nikki Enfield embrace outside the Supreme Court after it issued a ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade on June 24. The Supreme Court’s ruling overturning…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2022

1,000+ Groups Call to Renew United Nations’ LGBTQ Rights Advocate

A coalition of human rights organizations has issued a joint statement urging the United Nations to renew its human rights expert mandate on sexual orientation and gender identity. The UN’s Independent Expert on Sexual…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2022

Doctor/drag queen looks to spark change in Venezuela through LGBT+ activism

Caracas, Jun 23 (EFE).- Francisco Machado brings a great deal of passion to his role as a doctor, but he is equally dedicated and enthusiastic when putting on a wig, makeup and…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2022

Is the LGBT Community Doing Enough to Fight Monkeypox?

“Monkeypox is not a gay disease.” “Anyone can get monkeypox.” We’ve heard this ad infinitum—and it’s accurate—but as we attempt to avoid stoking stigma and homophobia, I fear the LGBT community and the…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2022

Should queer Nigerians celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month?

Each year, the month of June is marked as “Pride Month”, a time when LGBTQ people all over the world partake in Pride marches and attend events — all aimed at bolstering…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Donors free 11 LGBT prisoners in Cameroon. Next, maybe 9 more

Only 13 months ago, a visitor to the Central Prison in Yaoundé, Cameroon, counted 11 inmates serving time for nothing other than whom they loved. None of them had been convicted of…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Istanbul once again bans Pride march

The Beyoğlu and Kadıköy District governors’ offices which oversee the mega metropolitan area of this ancient city located on both banks of the Bosporus connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of…

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