• 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: 10/05/2019

Japanese MP makes waves by linking same-sex marriage to revising constitution

A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it and also…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

Star Stanford swimmer Abrahm Devine says he was kicked off team because he’s gay

An accomplished former Stanford swimmer claims in an Instagram post that he was kicked off the university's team because he's gay, CBS San Francisco reports. Abrahm Devine says in a caption under…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2019

LGBT+ film funding row lands Brazil minister in court

Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against the citizenship minister for suspending government funding for films, which they said was motivated by discrimination against LGBT+ people. Brazil’s film agency ANCINE halted around R$70…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2019

Russian Court Blocks Major LGBT Online Groups

A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking sites be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values," including a major online group with nearly 200,000 members. The court in Saint Petersburg on…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2019

No, there’s no such thing as ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria’

Australian experts have debunked ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria’ in a strongly-worded position statement. The phrase emerged in 2018 and posits that a “social and peer contagion” is responsible for young people identifying…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2019

Here’s why Ghana’s sex education program is controversial

Ghanaians are still debating a proposed school sex education program after religious groups said it was part of a “satanic” attempt to promote LGBT+ values. The backlash forced government and U.N. officials…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2019

Toronto rally responds to anti-LGBTQ Christian group march

A rally promoting unity was held Saturday in response to an anti-LGBTQ Christian group's march through the city's gay village. A group of evangelicals with the Christ Forgiveness Ministry, including street preacher…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2019

One thousand people participate in gay pride march in Paraguay

Around a thousand militants from organizations of sexual diversity participated on Saturday in the annual march of the LGBTI community in Paraguay, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, where…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2019

Fans cry foul as France cracks down on football homophobia

From leafleting fans to introducing fines and even jail time, France is cracking down on homophobia in football. But when a referee stopped play over anti-gay chants, fans cried foul. Mehdi Mokhtari's…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2019

Native American tribe becomes first to pass hate crime law protecting LGBT people

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may have become the first Native American tribe to introduce a hate crime law protecting LGBT+ and two spirit people. There is no comprehensive data on law codes…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2019

Devi Durga to click photos, LGBT people draw graffiti in Kolkata puja

From Goddess Durga clicking a photograph of a visitor with an AI smart camera in one puja marquee, to drawing of traditional 'alpana' before the idol by gender minorities in another -…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2019

Europe’s loneliest far-right party losing election battle in Portugal

Waving Portuguese flags, leaders of the far-right National Renovation Party (PNR) waited for more people to turn up at a mid-September rally in Lisbon, but their patriotic chants fell on deaf ears.…

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