• 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: 08/07/2019

Sonoran marriage equality measure begins legislative journey

For the time being at least, Sonora’s family code defines marriage as the “legitimate union of a man and a woman,” and further states that same-sex marriages are “legally impossible.” But on…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

When LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva found her name on a hit list of a "gay-hunting" group, she did not appear to take the threat seriously. The group called itself "Pila", meaning "saw",…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Polish state firms pouring ad cash into media that attack gay rights, research data shows

State companies in Poland have multiplied many times over their spending on advertising via news magazines that attack gay rights since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Ohio GOP chair calls for state lawmaker who blamed mass shootings on gay marriage

Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken on Monday called for GOP state Rep. Candice Keller to resign after the lawmaker linked mass shootings in the U.S. to things such as gay…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Same-Sex Union Vote Failure Dismays Montenegro’s LGBT Community

The Montenegrin parliament on Wednesday failed to adopt a law to legalize same-sex unions after deputies from ruling parties representing ethnic minorities voted against it. MPs from the main governing Democratic Party…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Hate crimes in schools in region affected by anti-LGBT+ protests surge

The number of hate crimes in schools and colleges in the county affected by protests against LGBT+ lessons has surged by more than 50 per cent in just one year, The Independent…

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ADDED ON: 08/05/2019

Big corporates can show their support for LGBT+ people by forcing Governments to get tough with online bigots

FOR a few weeks in the height of summer, the corporate and municipal world is draped in a rainbow flag. Events like Leeds Pride - which is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

LGBT in Russia: smashing stereotypes and creating a queer future

For Russia’s LGBT community, homophobia and violence are part of day-to-day reality. Some cases, like the murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva last week or torture in Chechnya, have made international headlines and…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Lebanon protest: Boycott festival that blocked LGBT-led band

Hundreds of petitioners are urging a boycott of the upcoming Byblos International Festival because the festival cancelled a performance by the LGBT-led band Mashrou’ Leila. “Stand up for freedom of expression in…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Belfast celebrates Pride amid hope same-sex marriage ban is lifted

Thousands took to the streets of Belfast for what could be the last Pride held under the same-sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland. Ulster has been packed with people proudly waving rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

Qatar World Cup sponsors and broadcasters ‘risk red card’ over anti-gay laws

An international risk consultancy has called on RTE and other broadcasters to put pressure on Qatar to suspend anti-homosexuality laws before the 2022 football World Cup is staged there. London-based Cornerstone Global…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Chilean Senate Once Again Begins Equal Marriage Debate

The Chilean Senate’s Constitution Committee on Tuesday once again began to debate an equal marriage bill that former President Michelle Bachelet introduced two years ago. The renewed legislative debate was announced last…

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