• 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: 11/22/2022

Lesbian couple in Italy wins right not to be identified as “mother” & “father” on government docs

In a rebuff to Italy’s new right-wing government, a lesbian couple in Italy has won the right not be identified as “mother” and “father” on their child’s identity card. A judge in…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2022

How Noah Scheffel Is Bringing Transgender People Into Tech Careers In Brazil

To say that 2019 was a life-changing year for Noah Scheffel is an understatement. That year, the Brazilian technologist had been impacted by transphobic attitudes in his working environment due to his…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2022

Should Pre-K Kids Learn About Drag Queens and ‘Intersex’? MD School District Says Yes

One of Maryland's wealthiest school districts has moved forward with an LGBTQ-inclusive book list for elementary school students while allegedly declining to recommend several children's books that promote "American values." According to…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2022

2022 Qatar World Cup Human rights protests and reactions live: LGBTQ, armbands, rainbow flags…

Iranians chant for Mahsa Amini. Right before England beat Iran, the fans gathered outside the Khalifa International Stadium to chant the name of the woman whose death sparked the protests in Iran:…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2022

Clear spike in anti-trans rhetoric sets stage for violence like Colorado Springs shooting, experts say

A rapid increase in recent anti-trans and anti-gay rhetoric and protests set up violence like the overnight murders at Colorado Springs’ Club Q, political scientists and activists trying to keep their communities…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2022

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she'll be let in…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2022

Maguindanao town goes strict against LGBTQ cross-dressing

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao del Sur, Philippines — Previously known as the municipality of Maganoy, this third-class town with a population of around 35,000 has imposed stricter measures against members of the LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2022

Pakistan’s transgender activists seek rights and protection

Karachi (AFP) – Hundreds of transgender activists and their supporters protested in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi Sunday to campaign for equal rights and raise awareness of discrimination against the community. The protest comes…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2022

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she’ll be let in and won’t be attacked…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2022

First openly transgender NFL cheerleader Justine Lindsay a ‘face of the possible’

After becoming a member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleaders in March, Justine Lindsay had heard that there was nothing like the team's first home game of the season. That sentiment proved…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2022

‘I feel gay, disabled … like a woman too!’: Infantino makes bizarre attack on critics

The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has accused critics of Qatar’s human rights record of staggering hypocrisy and racism in a bizarre and incendiary attack on the eve of the 2022 World Cup…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2022

Belgium bans ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ people

Belgium is banning conversion practices – a pseudoscientific practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity to align with heterosexual and cisgender norms – for members of the LGBTQ…

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