• 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: 03/31/2019

70 percent of Singaporeans disapprove of same-sex relations, study finds

Almost 70 percent of people in Singapore disapprove of same-sex relationships, a recent study has found. The number of people who disapprove was highest among Singaporean Muslims, Christians and Hindus. The working…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage in historic ruling

The Cayman Islands has legalised same-sex marriage after a judge ruled prohibitions on such relationships was unconstitutional. The decision marked a personal victory - and the end of a tough legal battle…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

France sees rise in conversion therapies to ‘cure’ homosexuality

The film "Boy Erased" highlights controversial conversion therapies in the United States, which attempt to change homosexual children to heterosexual. This practice is surprisingly common in France.  In France, "sexual reorientations" are…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

LGBTI migrants from Central America find refuge in D.C.

Méndez, a transgender woman from San Salvador, El Salvador, told that she and Rony Alexander, a gay man from Honduras’ Lempira department, became a couple when they arrived in D.C. earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2019

First same-sex couple to marry in UK says five-year anniversary ‘marred’ by inequality for Northern Ireland couples

Five years since the first same-sex UK marriage, Peter McGraith calls for marriage equality to be extended to Northern Ireland Equal marriage advocates Conor McGinn MP and Lord Hayward issue joint statement…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2019

Pinkwashing at a crossroads

Pinkwashing is a relatively new phenomenon; it refers to the practice of corporations not living up to their purported promises with regard to LGBT rights. The assumption behind the moniker is some…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2019

Japanese footballer comes out as gay and encourages others to do the same before Tokyo 2020

Female Japanese footballer Shiho Shimoyamada has come out as gay and has encouraged other athletes to do the same before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 24-year old plays for SV Meppen,…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

Trump’s transgender ban on the military gets full legal blessing

The Trump administration’s long-wished-for transgender military ban now is officially – and legally – cleared to proceed. Different variations of the ban have been floating in legal limbo for several months. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

First LGBT-inclusive textbooks for elementary schools in Japan

Publishers of elementary school textbooks in Japan have included LGBT information in the latest editions of their books. Two out of five government-accredited publishers have included content on sexuality and gender identity,…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

Zambian fleeing from arrest for Homosexuality denied Refugee Asylum in South Africa

A young gay man who left a well-paid government job and fled from Zambia because of his sexual orientation has been denied refugee status by the South African Department of Home Affairs.…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2019

Indonesian University Censors Lesbian Love Story

A student news website in Indonesia that published a story about a woman expressing her love for another young woman was ordered by university officials to shut down its entire news operation…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2019

Brunei urged to halt introduction of strict new anti-LGBT+ laws

Brunei must rowback on plans to implement changes to its penal code next month that could see LGBT+ people whipped or stoned to death for same-sex activity, human rights groups said on…

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