• 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: 11/26/2019

Survey of 167 countries shows tolerance toward LGBT people rising globally

LGBT people have seen a rise in tolerance in almost every region of the world over the last decade, according to an index released on Monday. Iceland was named as the most…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2019

Zimbabwe High Court Awards Damages In Ground Breaking Judgment

The Honourable Justice Bere awarded Ricky Nathanson, a transgender woman and activist originally from Bulawayo, $400,000 in damages. The High Court awarded Ms Nathanson damages for unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

‘Sometimes, divorce is necessary.’ Fight for LGBTQ inclusion may finally split United Methodists

After years of debating gay rights, the United Methodist Church is probably headed for a big split. Months after global Methodist leaders voted against LGBTQ rights this year, five bishops representing the…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Uganda bans thousands of charities in crackdown

Uganda’s government has told more than 12,000 charities that they can no longer operate in the country. Following a review that took place in August and September, the number of officially registered…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Battered with bricks and stabbed: Two trans women brutally killed in Colombia in two days

In just two days, two trans women were found dead by Colombian authorities in a spree of anti-LGBT violence that has battered the country. Jerrika Rivas Ruíz was found allegedly murdered in…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

Malawians conflicted over LGBT+ rights, tolerance, research finds

Nearly all Malawians think LGBT+ human rights should be protected, yet the same number could not accept a gay or lesbian family member, according to a first-of-its kind report released this week.…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2019

All-transgender hockey team believed to be a first for the sport

The goals are big for an all-transgender hockey team known as Team Trans. Comprised of more than a dozen players from Canada and the United States, it’s believed to be the first…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

LGBT advocates call for Australia to release Saudi gay journalist couple

Two gay Saudi journalists, who claim they were outed in retaliation for contacts one of them had with a foreign media outlet, have been detained in Australia after requesting asylum. LGBT advocates…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

What is International Transgender Day of Remembrance and why is it so important?

Today, November 20, is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to honour and remember the many lives lost to transphobic violence. Trans allies across the country will be marking…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2019

Ireland Slips in Global LGBTI Safety Poll

Ireland's reputation among LGBT holidaymakers has fallen slightly, according to a new global poll. Gallup asked 1,000 Irish participants 'Is the city or area where you live a good place or not…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

Malaysia’s LGBT community under siege as government ignores abuse

Malaysia's LGBT community is on high alert after its members have received rare jail terms, raising fears of increased persecution by religious authorities as the government steps aside, unwilling to anger conservative…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

American Medical Association announces support for U.S. ban on conversion therapy

The U.S. physicians’ group the American Medical Association announced on Tuesday it would begin supporting a ban on so-called conversion therapy, as well as working toward more inclusive healthcare record-keeping for transgender…

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