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  • 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: 02/20/2021

Why Jammu’s transgender community hit the streets in protest

Several groups of the community came together at Bikram Chowk on January 21, 2021 to take out a nude protest. Four transgender persons were allegedly abudcted and forcefuly castrated by rival groups…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2021

UK’s MI6 apologises for past treatment of LGBT spies based on ‘misguided’ views

The head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service apologized Friday to gay spies and aspiring agents who were fired or denied jobs because of their sexuality. Richard Moore said in a video statement…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2021

Honduran LGBT+ advocates in legal bid to stop same-sex marriage ‘lock’

Honduran LGBT+ advocates on Thursday mounted a legal challenge to changes made to the constitution by lawmakers that make it harder to reverse the existing ban on same-sex marriage. Last month, members…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2021

Inter-American rights body finds Jamaica violated LGBT rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in a landmark decision released Wednesday that the Jamaican government is responsible for violating the human rights of two of its nationals within the…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2021

As a gay footballer I want to help LGBT people realise they’re not alone

As a gay footballer, I am very aware of the status I have as a role model – even more so being a gay footballer with an equally high-profile partner in Pernille…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

State anti-transgender bills represent coordinated attack, advocates say

Bills in at least 20 states are targeting the transgender community in what LGBTQ advocates say is an organized assault by conservative groups. On Thursday, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

‘You can count on us’: German footballers join campaign to support gay colleagues

Over 800 footballers have signed up to a campaign by a German football magazine aimed at offering support to LGBTQ players. But World Cup winner Philipp Lahm still has doubts about the…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

Jamaica should repeal gay sex ban, says Americas top rights body

KINGSTON, Feb 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamaica should repeal its colonial-era gay sex ban, the top rights body of the Americas said on Wednesday, in a symbolic landmark ruling on LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2021

Brazil churches spark controversy with LGBT+ support in Lent campaign

SAO PAOLO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of major Brazilian churches came under fire for supporting LGBT+ people for the first time in an annual Lent fundraising campaign that launched on…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

LGBT+ History Month event for teens hijacked by ‘homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs’ and pornography

An LGBT+ History Month seminar for under-18s was interrupted by a cyber attacker who shouted homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs. Education non-profit Academus Education was hosting a digital think tank event in…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Transgender Woman Is Killed in ‘Vicious and Violent Attack’ in Her Miami Apartment

An attack that a police detective describes as "very vicious and violent" has authorities searching for the killer of a 45-year-old transgender woman found dead two weeks ago in her Miami apartment.…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

British L.G.B.T. Veterans Stripped of Medals Can Get Them Back

LONDON — For decades, L.G.B.T. members of Britain’s military were systematically dismissed from the ranks and stripped of their medals. Now, after years of campaigning by those targeted by the policy, the…

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