• 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: 03/22/2020

Seeking truth in the war on the coronavirus

Jewel Thais-Williams said she’d call back. She was on the other line and had been inundated with calls asking how she was doing after eye surgery. Three hours later, the almost 81-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Scotland’s plans to reform gender-recognition laws could be ‘kicked into the long grass’ because of coronavirus

Scotland could put plans to reform gender recognition laws on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, according to The National. The reforms, which have been in the works since 2017, would make…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Global Methodist conference in Minneapolis to address LGBT inclusion is postponed

A historic meeting of the global United Methodist Church — one in which its future position on LGBT clergy and marriage was expected to be determined — has been postponed because of…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Egypt’s Denial of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Egyptian government is refusing to recognize the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, flouting its responsibility to protect the rights of everyone. On March 12, during its third…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2020

Over 140 LGBTQ couples marry in mass wedding in Mexico City

Ana Scarlett Vargas was assigned male at birth, but she said she knew she was a girl at just 7 years old. At 13, she started performing in drag shows, impersonating the…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2020

‘A weight off my shoulders’: Argentina’s first openly gay basketball star on coming out

Traveling Argentina and the world as a professional basketball player, Sebastian Vega was living his childhood dream. But carrying a secret deep within was a nightmare. “When I started to feel attracted…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

‘It’s not safe for them’: Coronavirus lockdowns putting LGBT+ people at risk across Middle East

Coronavirus-induced isolation and lockdowns are putting LGBT+ people in the Middle East at risk, campaigners have warned. Many individuals are – or, due to money worries, fear becoming – trapped with family…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

VIRAL VIGILANTES ARE TURNING YOUTUBE AND TIKTOK INTO A WEAPON

The video begins with an accidental, amateurish lens flare against the window of a car, before the teen’s phone camera settles on a supposedly 35-year-old man who has clearly been caught off…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2020

White nationalist groups surge as they move online

A new report on hate groups in the United States detailed an increase in the number of white nationalist groups even as the overall number of hate groups declined slightly in 2019.…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2020

Transgender pastor defies court to conduct same-sex marriages in Hong Kong

A transgender pastor has vowed to officiate same-sex marriages in Hong Kong despite a legal challenge failing to provide assurances that he will not face arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2020

Lesbian police officer was fired by her terrible boss – now she’s running to replace him

A lesbian sheriff who was allegedly fired because of her sexuality is running to replace her boss and become the first female LGBT+ sheriff in her state. Charmaine McGuffey is currently suing…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2020

Nigerian Sun is issuing strange warnings about ‘homosexuals’

The Sun newspaper in Nigeria has published a diatribe on the rise of sadistic and hard-working “criminals”. Nigeria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT + people.…

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