• 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: 03/27/2019

LGBT refugees protest Kenya arrests and jail time

LGBT refugee activists gathered outside a Nairobi courtroom today to protest the mistreatment of 20 LGBT refugees who were arrested at an earlier protest and have been in jail since then. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2019

New culture war’: Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ community fights for gay marriage

Hidden away up several flights of stairs in the centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland, teenagers, many of them with shocks of red, blue and rainbow hair, relaxed and joked with one another.…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2019

For transgender people, visiting family in Mexico often means hiding their gender identity

In the pictures, Jess Enriquez Taylor wears artful makeup and her hair is carefully styled. But her face was bare as she rode the bus toward the international border one recent afternoon,…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2019

No Significant Progress in Gender Equality in Croatia

ZAGREB, March 23, 2019 - Some of the gender equality indicators in Croatia, such as the number of boys and girls enrolled in primary and secondary schools, continue to be good, however,…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2019

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that deny LGBT parents

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that turn away parents who are LGBT because of religious objections, a move that was part of the terms of a legal settlement announced Friday.…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2019

Seeing yourself on the big screen

Shin Thant tried to create a metaphor for the experience of feeling culturally excluded and vilified on the big screen. It went like this; A transgender person who goes to the cinema…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2019

Malaysia seeks gay tourists, but targets its gay citizens

Malaysia’s tourism industry wants the country to keep attracting the money of gay and lesbian tourists, even though Malaysia keeps cracking down on its LGBT citizens. The country even has an anti-homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

United Airlines now offers nonbinary gender options for travelers booking flights

United Airlines will now offer travellers booking flights non-binary gender options for identifying themselves, the airline announced Friday. "United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

M5S leader Di Maio distances party from ‘medieval’ anti-LGBT conference

Italy’s co-deputy prime minister and governing Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio has slammed his coalition partner the League party as “medieval” for its support for an anti-gay, anti-abortion event…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

Puerto Rico to ban gay conversion therapy for minors

Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló said he will sign an executive order banning so-called gay conversion therapy on minors. Rosselló announced the decision on Wednesday (March 20), days after a bill on…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2019

Transgender Honduran activist: Migrants ‘not afraid’ of Trump policies

A transgender activist in Honduras says President Trump’s immigration policy has done little to deter migrants from her country who want to travel to the U.S. “They are not afraid of the…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Justice Ministry overturns deportation order for gay Taiwanese man without visa

In a rare move, the Justice Ministry has revoked a deportation order for a gay Taiwanese man who remained in Japan illegally after overstaying his visa, apparently giving consideration to his longtime…

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