• 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: 09/06/2020

Vietnam Has a Thriving Drag Scene, But It Still Has Ways to Go in Advancing LGBTQ Rights

Lil’ Daddee struts onto the stage wearing a fake mustache and a boiler suit covered in grease stains. The performer picks up a large bicycle pump and carries out a suggestive routine…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2020

Two years since Article 377 scrapped, LGBTQ community still battling prejudices

Rishabh Singh vividly remembers September 6, 2018, the day he says his life changed. Two years ago on this day, the Supreme Court had struck down the draconian Article 377 that criminalised…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

New Law Would Make it Illegal for Trans Russians to Change Legal Gender

Russian politicians are weighing a chance to the country’s Family Code that would prevent transgender citizens from changing their legal gender to match their actual gender. The bill is named for Yelena…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

Transgender people find refuge in Haitian Center

The Kay Trans Haiti center located in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is funded by a Spanish healthcare company and the United Nations Development Program and provides lodging and care for up to 10…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

Civil partnerships now legal in the Cayman Islands

Governor Martyn Roper assented to what is now called the Civil Partnership Law on Friday, paving the way for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands to register their relationships and enter into…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Family of transgender woman slain by U.S. Marine in Philippines contests killer’s early release

A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines will remain behind bars while a court considers an appeal against a decision to release him early, a senior government…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

App to fill gap on LGBT+ discrimination in Hong Kong

LGBT+ people in Hong Kong can log discrimination through a new mobile app backed by one of the city’s most prominent property heiresses, in a first for gay rights in the Chinese-ruled…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Barbarism and disinformation: The authoritarian response to peaceful dissent

The presidential election in Belarus on 9 August was conducted the way many previous elections were conducted: opposition candidates were harassed and hounded out of the country; peaceful protesters, activists, journalists, and…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

LGBT+ activist behind ‘Polish Stonewall’ not afraid to die

The LGBT+ activist whose arrest sparked protests that were dubbed the “Polish Stonewall” says she is not afraid to resume her hunger strike and die if that turns the tide against homophobia…

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Nasta Mantsevich – Makeout, Belarus

Nasta Mantsevich is a Belarusian activist involved with the LGBTI group Makeout. Nasta tells about their transformation from feeling invisible as a queer person to making queerness visible through online and in-person…

ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Bringing Diversity to China’s Workplaces, One Voice at a Time

As Anna remembers it, there were a dozen women standing outside the ladies’ room, barring one of her fellow tutors from going in. The reason? She looked like a boy. “They were…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Homophobic group’s offices declared COVID-19 outbreak site

The Colorado headquarters of the viciously anti-LGBT+ organisation Focus on the Family, which insists being gay causes “death and disease”, has been declared a COVID-19 outbreak site. The fundamentalist Christian group was…

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