• 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: 04/05/2019

All the countries ignored in the Brunei backlash

Brunei’s harsh new laws targeting LGBT people have shocked the world and prompted global condemnation. High-profile celebrities from George Clooney to Ellen DeGeneres have called for a public boycott to hotels owned…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Joko Widodo: how ‘Indonesia’s Obama’ failed to live up to the hype

Five years ago he was south-east Asia’s democratic poster boy, Indonesia’s Obama. His face plastered across Time magazine with three words: A New Hope. When Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi”, was elected president…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

Spain’s health minister calls for end to gay ‘conversion therapy’

Spain’s health minister called on Wednesday for so-called conversion therapy to be abolished after a report that a branch of the Catholic Church had offered to “cure” gay people. El Diario, an…

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ADDED ON: 04/04/2019

LGBT: The pilot who came out as transgender at 58

Captain Cat Burton always knew she wanted to be a pilot after her father took her in a jet fighter when she was just six months old. She also wanted to live…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

LGBT centre raided in Russia and volunteers detained inside

An LGBT+ centre in Russia has been raided for reportedly ‘conflating’ rules on ‘gay propaganda’. Officers arrived at Rakurs, a community centre based in Arkhangelsk, on March 28 and demanded to inspect…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Lebanon urged to abolish anti-LGBT law, after military acquits soldiers on ‘sodomy’ charges

Lebanon has been urged to abolish a law criminalising homosexuality after the top military prosecutor declined to prosecute a "sodomy" case. The rights group called the decision, which was publicised Monday, a…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2019

Brunei’s new anti-LGBT+ laws condemned as ‘inhuman’ and ‘draconian’ by UN

A move by Brunei to punish gay sex by stoning to death has been condemned as “inhuman” by the UN. The new penal code is due to be implemented on Wednesday and…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

International anti-LGBT, anti-abortion congress opens in Verona

The World Congress of Families, an anti-gay and reproductive rights conference organized by a designated hate group, opened in the northern Italian city of Verona on Friday amid tight security. Several prominent…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

No matter their allegiance, Ukraine’s politicians are ignoring LGBT rights

Ahead of Ukraine’s presidential elections, the problems of the country’s LGBT community are being ignored by our leading politicians. None of the leading candidates’ programmes even mention LGBT rights or address the…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

The LGBT advocate set to be an MP

Ranked 9th on the Future Forward Party (FFP) list, award-winning filmmaker and LGBT advocate Tanwarin Sukkhapisit will almost certainly become Thailand's first transgender MP. She has been unwavering in her journey from…

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ADDED ON: 04/01/2019

Lebanon court ‘acquits military personnel’ in sodomy case

Judge Peter Germanos on Saturday cleared the group of charges of committing sexual acts "contrary to nature" and declined to issue warrants for their arrest, the Daily Star, a Beirut-based daily, reported.Germanos…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Ecuador Constitutional Court hears marriage case

Ecuador’s highest court on Friday heard oral arguments in a case that could extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the South American country. Judges on Ecuador’s Constitutional Court considered the case…

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