• 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: 01/14/2022

Latin America: Alarming Reversal of Basic Freedoms

(New York) – Latin America is facing some of its gravest human rights challenges in decades, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2022. “Latin America is experiencing such an alarming…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2022

LGBT Members Allege They Were Made To Disrobe By Police To Prove Their Identity

Agartala, Jan 11 (PTI) Four LGBT members were arrested by the police here and made to disrobe in a police station to prove their identity, according to an FIR filed by one…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2022

As high court signals Roe v. Wade reversal, states eye same-sex marriage protections

Nearly seven years after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage the law of the land, New Jersey enacted a law Monday to protect this relatively new right throughout the Garden State. Prior…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2022

Tiny European states play catch up on LGBT+ equality

Jan 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Switzerland became one of the last Western European nations to legalize same-sex marriage in 2021, it made waves next door in the tiny Alpine country…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2022

Attorney general defends religious schools’ right to sack teachers for views on sexuality

Michaelia Cash’s department has defended religious schools’ right to sack teachers for their views on sexuality and appeared to confirm safeguards for gay students will be delayed until after the religious discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2022

Hungary sets a date for referendum on controversial LGBTQ law.

Hungary will hold a referendum in April on its controversial law that bans educational materials and programs for children that are considered to promote homosexuality and gender reassignment, the government announced Tuesday.…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2022

Now illegal to discriminate based on SOGIE in Bataan after passage of anti-discrimination ordinance.

Bataan has joined the still few local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines that now has an anti-discrimination ordinance (ADO) that prohibits the discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation or…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2022

‘I saw myself in RuPaul’: how Drag Race inspired LGBTQ+ Kenyans to find freedom.

An audience wearing face masks sits around the edges of a nondescript room in an unassuming building in the centre of Nairobi. Sparsely furnished and decorated with a few posters advertising PrEP,…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2022

A CNY gay teen shares his ‘biggest challenge’; school’s response sets off a storm.

Tully, N.Y. -- When Tyler Johnson, 17, was selected as a “Senior Spotlight” for his school’s January newsletter, he had to answer several questions. One asked about his biggest challenge and how…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

Tokyo same-sex partner plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights.

Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

Calls in Denmark for gay fathers to get legal rights at birth.

A petition in Denmark calling for two gay fathers to be granted equal parental rights for their child, on Monday received more than the 50,000 signatures required to be considered by parliament.…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

No to “minority propaganda” in French schools, far-right’s Zemmour says.

French far-right candidate Eric Zemmour on Monday attacked anti-racist and anti-homophobia groups in schools, saying they were brainwashing pupils, as he urged a return to a more conservative education system. Zemmour is…

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