• 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: 06/15/2019

Supporters and opponents of LGBT pride march clash in Tbilisi

Participants of a protest demonstration of LGBT activists in the center of Tbilisi in front of the government office building clashed with Orthodox activists last evening. The latter tried to prevent LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. For while surveys…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Time for Swaziland to Follow Botswana’s Lead and Decriminalise Gay Sex

Swaziland should follow the example of its near-neighbour Botswana and decriminalise gay sex. The kingdom, also known as eSwatini, has much in common with Botswana. Both were protectorates of Great Britain and…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Ecuador approves same-sex marriage as LGBT+ groups hail landmark week

Ecuador’s decision to allow same-sex marriage has topped a landmark week for LGBT+ rights after Botswana decriminalised gay sex and Bhutan took the first steps to do so, said campaigners marking the…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Reporters granted access to ICE transgender detainee unit

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday for the first time granted reporters access to a unit created specifically for transgender women who are in their custody. Reporters from the Washington Blade;…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

Samoa Fa’afafine Association protests censor of Elton John film

LGBTI rights advocates in Samoa are protesting against the censoring of the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Samoa's only cinema revealed the ban on Friday on its Facebook page and employees told local…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

Bermuda to hold first gay pride march

Bermuda’s first march to celebrate gay pride is to be held this summer. LGBTQ people and same-sex marriage campaigners said the Bermuda Pride event would help to reinforce that gay people are…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

‘I categorically deny this vicious libel’: Malaysian minister Azmin Ali condemns gay sex video as attempt to ruin his reputation

Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali rejected claims he was in a gay sex video that went viral earlier this week, and vowed to expose those behind the “abominable” allegations. “I categorically…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran’s foreign minister why the country executes people for being gay

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif faced questions from foreign journalists on Monday in Tehran after a meeting with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, he may have expected some uncomfortable questions.…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Pakistani transgender woman ‘kidnapped and tortured’ by gang

A gang of thugs reportedly kidnapped and tortured a transgender woman in Mardan, Pakistan, shaving off her hair after she refused to give them money. Shakeela claims to have been taken from…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

How L.G.B.T. Couples in Russia Decide Whether to Leave the Country

In March, a member of the Russian senate asked the prosecutor general to look into the issue of yoga in pretrial detention. Yoga classes, organized on the recommendation of human-rights activists, had…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners…

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