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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: 09/09/2021

Radical groups targeting gay men warns Spanish minister after Madrid attack

Spain’s government has warned about a rise in hate crimes by radical groups after a brutal assault on a gay man by hooded men who carved the word “f****t” on one of…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2021

The Guardian accused of ‘censoring’ Judith Butler interview comparing TERFs to fascists: ‘Cowards’

The Guardian has been accused of “censoring” feminist icon Judith Butler after the newspaper deleted part of an interview in which they compared trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) to fascists. This week, an…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2021

Anger over UCT Vice Chancellor’s “harmful” webinar on LGBTIQA+ community

Gender diversity organisations have slammed UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng for hosting a social media seminar described as “harmful and hurtful” to the LGBTIQA+ community. Titled, What does science says about LGBTQA+, the…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2021

Tory MP demands government act on ‘cruel and unusual’ trans healthcare crisis

Tory MP Crispin Blunt has condemned the “unacceptable crisis in trans healthcare” and demanded the government pay for trans patients to have gender-affirming surgeries abroad. Blunt, who is chair of the APPG…

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Masen Davis – Transgender Europe

Masen Davis is a world-renowned leader in LGBTQ and human rights. He has led countless initiatives for LGBTQ rights in North America, Europe, and Central Asia. Currently, he is the Executive Director…

ADDED ON: 09/08/2021

Misinterpretation of conversion therapy ban bill causing confusion in some churches

Concerns have been raised about how far the proposed legislation goes, and whether parents could be criminalised for having conversations with their children about their sexuality or gender identity. The Bill aims…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2021

LGBT groups slam partylist for backing Sara Duterte 2022 bid, say Dutertes ‘no ally to us’

More than 40 LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals on Monday denounced a partylist claiming to represent their community after it issued a statement backing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's potential Palace bid and…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2021

Georgian ombudsman names priest, blogger as organizers of July 5 anti-LGBTQ rally and calls for their prosecution

The ombudsman calls for the prosecution of an ultra-nationalist journalist and an archpriest of the Georgian Orthodox Church for organizing violence against journalists and LGBTQ rights activists. Ombudsman Nino Lomjaria said 53…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2021

Church in Wales to vote on blessings for same-sex marriages

Same-sex couples can now have their marriage blessed by the Church in Wales after a vote was held. However, the church will still not marry same-sex couples. Former Dean of St Albans,…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2021

2023 European Games host Council refusal to withdraw anti-LGBT resolution puts EU funding at risk

The Council in Malopolska, which includes Kraków, has voted to re-affirm its status as an “LGBT-free zone”, despite the European Union (EU) threatening to remove billions of euros in funding which could…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2021

The Supreme Court could allow attacks to marriage equality just as they are with abortion

The five right-wing justices of the Supreme Court who decided to uphold Texas’s anti-abortion law last week are sending a strong signal about the shaky future of LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality.…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2021

Over 20,000 people rally in Switzerland to legalize same-sex marriage

Swiss authorities estimate that well over 20,000 people participated in a combined protest and Pride march Saturday in the city of Zurich, nestled at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern…

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