• 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: 06/22/2020

REBEL BUDDHIST MONK ADVOCATES FOR LGBT RIGHTS

Despite living in a predominantly Buddhist country, and contrary to the majority opinion among believers and the Buddhist hierarchy of his country, the Thai monk Shine Waradhammo has become a defender of…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2020

After SCOTUS ruling Texas lawmakers want to add more LGTBQ safeguards

LGBTQ Texans marked a major victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights law prevents employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But in…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2020

A lonely and dangerous lockdown for LGBTQ Indians

In conservative India, many in the LGBTQ community hide their real selves. But being stuck inside with their families for months in the coronavirus lockdown has made this hard to keep up…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2020

Poles run for LGBT equality ahead of presidential vote

Around a hundred Poles took part in an “Equality Run” on Saturday, condemning discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during a presidential election campaign where gay rights have…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2020

‘Mama Dragons’, protecting LGBT+ Mormon kids in Utah

A fierce group of Mormon mothers who call themselves the “Mama Dragons” are on a mission to protect LGBT+ kids in Utah, where suicide among young church members is becoming a crisis.…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

New directors at federal media agency have ties to anti-LGBT groups

Michael Pack, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has appointed to the organization’s board a person with ties to an anti-LGBT group and another who publicly…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

Death of trans doctor in Mexico sparks new fears over LGBT+ violence

Mexican authorities said on Friday they were investigating the death of a leading transgender health advocate whose body was found dumped by a motorway, reigniting fears over the safety of trans people…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

Gay Indian comic busts biases without judgment

Indian stand-up comic Vasu Primlani does not shy away from her sexuality in her gigs - even though until very recently, being gay put her at odds with the law. One popular…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2020

LGBT refugees find a haven in Kenya despite persecution

When he was attacked by a mob for being gay, Martin Okello said the kicks and blows from his assailants came so fast that he couldn’t stop them or flee. He passed…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

Gender Recognition Act: LGBT political group anger at trans law ‘changes’

LGBT groups from the UK political parties have expressed "disappointment and anger" over potential changes to laws affecting trans people. Leaders of the groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members directly…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

Gay Rights and Trans Rights Are Indivisible. SCOTUS Just Showed Why.

Since the start of the modern LGBT movement in the 1960s, some members of the community have questioned the degree of common interest between lesbian, gay, and bisexual people on the one…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2020

Study links opposition to ‘LGBT rights’ to desire for Christian dominance

A study led by a University of Illinois professor suggests that Americans who oppose same-sex marriage or adding LGBT classifications to discrimination laws want to maintain a sense of "Christian privilege and…

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