• 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: 06/23/2022

Japan’s LGBT Activists Undeterred By Marriage Ruling

LGBTQ rights in Japan suffered a blow on June 20, when a court in the country’s third-most populous city ruled that freedom of marriage in the constitution referred only to male-female unions,…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Get up, walk the dog – my life is mundane, but because I’m gay Texas Republicans think I’m abnormal

This morning, I woke up earlier than I wanted to, fed the baby, walked the dog, chatted with my wife and procrastinated over some work. Yawningly mundane, right? Wrong. According to the Texas Republican…

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Keio Soomelt — Festheart Film Festival, Estonia

In 2021, the LGBT+ film festival Festheart celebrated its fifth anniversary in Estonia. I spoke with Keio Soomelt, one of the founders and head organizer of the festival, to discuss what it…

ADDED ON: 06/22/2022

Leading Colorado LGBTQ lawmakers find Pride — and insight — in Israel

State Rep. Brianna Titone was a grand marshal of the Denver Pride Parade in 2019 and has walked in Pride parades in New York and Copenhagen, but she said it was her…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2022

How Asexual People Feel Excluded From Queer Spaces, Complicating Their Identity.

Asexuality is both straightforward and complicated to define. At the outset, it describes the orientation of somebody who doesn’t experience sexual attraction. But this is followed by many caveats: when? In what…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2022

War crimes against LGBTQ people in Ukraine are “worse than people can imagine”.

War crimes are a barbaric byproduct of conflict and combat. In an era of near incessant news coverage, the phrase has become a catch-all for heinous acts committed by soldiers and contractors…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2022

Hong Kong’s Gay Rights Advocates Fear Civil Crackdown May Undo Progress.

Hong Kong’s crackdown on social activism is threatening to undo progress for gay rights, once considered validation of the city’s reputation as Asia’s liberal, financial haven. Well-known LGBTQ figures, including former lawmakers…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

LGBTI event at İstanbul University canceled over threats, 26 students briefly detained.

A picnic scheduled to take place on the Beyazıt campus of İstanbul University as part of LGBTI Pride Week activities was canceled after it was targeted by radical Islamist groups who threatened…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

Japan court upholds ban on same-sex marriage.

A court in Osaka has dismissed a lawsuit that argued Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling on Monday dealt a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

Gay pro rugby player Nick McCarthy comes out in Ireland to widespread acceptance.

Nick McCarthy, a professional rugby player for Leinster in Ireland, has come out publicly as gay. In an interview with his team’s website, McCarthy said he considered leaving the sport as he…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

LGBTQ rap collectives are here to stay – and we couldn’t be more proud.

Something close to alchemy happens when rap collectives make music together. Differing voices, perspectives, and styles collide over the beat, materializing in fresh, exciting musical ideas. Often, the work done in rap…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2022

Born in Nagaland, Miss Bhutan 2022, a proud lesbian, to represent country at Miss Universe pageant

In a major shift in paradigm for Bhutan, which is generally considered as a traditional and conservative country, will send a lesbian to the Miss Universe 2022 pageant. 23-year-old Tashi Choden Chombal…

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