• 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: 11/13/2020

Instead of controlling the pandemic, Hungarian government launches crusade against LGBTQI people

Tuesday was an eventful day at Parliament. The Judicial Committee of the Parliament initiated the abolishment of the Equal Treatment Authority (ETA), Hungary's most important equality body set up in 2005. The…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Biden rekindles American Dream for Africa’s LGBT+ refugees

Joe Biden's electoral victory has revived the American Dream for scores of African LGBT+ refugees who fled persecution at home only to languish in Kenya when President Donald Trump denied them a…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Bolsonaro tells Brazil not to deal with pandemic ‘like fags’

President Jair Bolsonaro drew criticism Tuesday for telling Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 like "a country of fags," the far-right leader's latest controversial outburst on the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who has consistently…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

EU launches LGBT protection strategy as homophobia rises in east

The European Union's executive Commission launched its first strategy to protect the rights of LGBT people on Thursday, a challenge to right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary that have become increasingly homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2020

Poland to consider outright ban on LGBT+ Pride after bill backed by more than 200,000 homophobes

Poland’s ugly war against LGBT+ people continues with a horrifying new bill that would ban Pride parades throughout the country. The proposed law, entitled “Stop LGBT”, was submitted to parliament on Monday…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2020

Clashes at Poland’s Independence Day far-right march

Polish police used tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes with far-right supporters Wednesday during an annual Independence Day march attended by thousands in Warsaw that went ahead despite a ban on…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2020

Hungarian government mounts new assault on LGBT rights

Moments before Hungary entered a second coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, the far-right government signalled its intention to pass a range of new legislation, including to make it harder for opposition political parties…

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June Chua – The T Project, Singapore

June Chua was looking for new ventures after decades in the sex work industry and she decided to start The T Project, a housing service and community support nonprofit for transgender Singaporeans…

ADDED ON: 11/11/2020

Estonia’s Anti-LGBT Minister Resigns Over Biden Remarks

Estonia’s anti-LGBT, far-right interior minister, Mart Helme, resigned Nov. 9, a day after he called President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter “corrupt characters” without providing further details or evidence. “Last night…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2020

Church of England could hold historic vote on gay marriage in 2022

The Church of England could hold a historic vote on gay marriage as early as 2022, as Archbishops apologised for the "damage and hurt" caused to the LBGTI+ community. The House of…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2020

The rainbow colours flying together with the white-red-white flags. The Belarusian LGBT community at protests.

The unprecedented wave of mass social protests currently sweeping Belarus remains one of the most popular topics in global and European media. Occurring directly as a result of the disputed presidential elections…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2020

Norway outlaws hate speech against trans and bisexual people

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender and bisexual people on Tuesday, expanding its penal code which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981. People found…

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