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  • 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: 02/17/2021

More European politicians found using homophobic hate speech

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobic language and hate speech against transgender people are on the increase among European politicians, an advocacy group said on Tuesday as it sounded the alarm about…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

LGBTQ people now protected under the Fair Housing Act

For the first time, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are now protected from housing discrimination under federal law. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this month that the Fair…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

A Support Group for Trans Newcomers that Goes ‘Beyond Borders and Binaries’

Trans, non-binary and gender divergent immigrants and refugees living in British Columbia now have a support group to call their very own. Beyond Borders and Binaries, a peer-support group run by MOSAIC…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

ID changes proposed to include transgender, intersex and non-binary identities

A new draft policy suggests a major review of the identity management system to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in order to include various categories to better represent those who identify…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Ghana: LGBT+ safe house opens; anti-gay crusader in a rage

After LGBT+ Rights Ghana held a fundraiser at the new site, anti-gay campaigner Moses Foh-Amoaning called for the police to shut it down, arrest the group’s leaders and enact laws that further…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

Pandemic exposes LGBTI rights’ fragilty, report says

The Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences have highlighted the fragility of the human rights of LGBTI people, according to the annual report by a leading rights NGO, published on Tuesday (15 February).…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

UN Expert Raises Alarm Over Reports Of LGBT Child ‘Torture’ In Iran

The UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has expressed concern over reports that the country has subjected lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children to “torture and…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

Dismissed LGBT veterans can apply to reclaim confiscated medals

Former military members who were dismissed from service because of their sexuality are now able to reclaim lost medals. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it wanted to address a "historical wrong"…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

More European politicians found using homophobic hate speech

Homophobic language and hate speech against transgender people are on the increase among European politicians, an advocacy group said on Tuesday as it sounded the alarm about a backlash against LGBT+ rights…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Plight of marginalised : Trans community gets vocational training

For transgender person, Bali Jetty, learning the art of embroidery brought gradual respite from the banality of the stereotypical roles. Unfortunately, the transcendence proved to be short-lived as the work came to…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Cameroon: Police arrest 12 teens on homosexuality charges

Feb. 11, 2021, will remain unforgettable for 12 boys arrested and taken to the Nkolbikone police station after they were spotted kissing each other near the Grand Palace Restaurant in Bertoua. Among…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Flurry of bills aim to set limits on transgender kids – and their doctors

Sam Edelman felt like a girl for as long as he could remember, his dad said. As Sam’s 18th birthday approached, and after years of researching hormone treatments, the high school senior…

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