• 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: 02/05/2019

India’s doctors: from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago when he…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

Poland’s first openly gay mayor creates new party ‘Spring’

Poland's first openly gay politician founded a new progressive party on Sunday ahead of European and Polish elections this year. Robert Biedron, who named the party "Wiosna" ("Spring"), said he wanted to…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

Victoria to become first Australian state to ban conversion therapy

Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to introduce a ban on conversion therapy. Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria (head of government) made the announcement at Midsumma Pride in…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

El Salvador official talks presidential election, LGBTI rights, migrants

A Salvadoran government official on the eve of the country’s presidential election acknowledged there is “uncertainty” over how the results will impact efforts to advance LGBTI rights. Cruz Torres, director of sexual…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

LGBT Organization makes significant marks for inclusion of LGBT families in Belize

Our Circle, an LGBT advocacy group based in Belize is launching new projects aimed at strengthening ties within the local LGBT community. The organization has launched their Brown Bag Series for “Activists,…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Violent comments against student who kissed his male partner are ‘worrying’: Inter-University LGBT Network

The recent online vitriol some Singaporeans have spewed on a man from a local junior college who was seen on an Instagram post kissing his male partner was worrying, said Singapore’s Inter-University…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Pride Parade 2019: Mumbaikars celebrate decriminalisation of homosexuality with love, liberty & fervour

The commercial capital of the country celebrated its first Pride Parade after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in September last year on Saturday. Hundreds of people were seen marching with a wave…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Same-sex couples to file suits for marriage equality in several courts on Feb 14

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have lived together in a relationship of mutual trust for almost 25 years since they fell in love after their first encounter at a party. Despite some…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Transgender trio fail in legal bid to be listed as male on Hong Kong ID card.

Three transgender people who identify as male lost their legal bid on Friday to be recognised as such on their Hong Kong identity cards, in a setback for the LGBT movement to…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Award-Winning Activist Jay Lin on Sharing LGBT Stories with Asia.

When Newsweek publicly announced that I was one of the 15 members of the "Creative Class of 2019," I seriously had to pinch myself. I was discussing video streaming services at a conference in…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Copenhagen presents Denmark’s first LGBTI+ policy.

Copenhagen is set to become the first city in Denmark to usher in policy specifically designated to the LGBTI+ community. The policy, ‘En ligeværdig del af fællesskabet’ (‘An equal part of the…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

This Gay Man Speaks Out About Fleeing Iraq, Where He Says Being LGBT Is a ‘Death Sentence’

In commemoration of 2019 marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place, the editors over at Gay Star News are inviting 50 international guest writers to offer their own stories of…

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