• 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: 08/31/2020

Nationalists fought with participants of the LGBT festival in Odessa

As noted by law enforcement officers, opponents of the LGBT movement sprayed gas in the crowd and pelted the activists with eggs. The perpetrators also shouted obscene nationalist slogans. As a result…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Japan monk and makeup artist empowering sexual minorities, celebrating diversity’s beauty

A monk who also works as a makeup artist is celebrating their own sexual diversity and spreading the message in Japan that different is beautiful. Kodo Nishimura, a 31-year-old Jodo sect Buddhist…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Student goes viral after drowning out homophobic, racist demonstrator with his trombone

A US college student has gone viral after he used his trombone to drown out a homophobic and racist demonstrator on campus. According to WLTX, Trey Hogan is a freshman at the…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Grumpy Virgin bows out as drag becomes a political act in Turkey

For decades in Turkey, there was no higher honour than being made fun of by Huysuz Virjin (Grumpy Virgin), the country’s first drag queen, beloved for her glamorous outfits and outrageous sense…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

‘We Are Making Up For Lost Time’: Tracking Little-Known Stories Of African American, LGBTQ And Women’s Colorado History

There’s a growing movement to locate places in Colorado where historic events happened but were never recorded. The Colorado Historical Foundation is on a mission to change that. “A lot of the…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Yurok Tribe joins federal lawsuit over data on tribal, LGBTQ foster youth

The Yurok Tribe is one of more than half-a-dozen parties that sued the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families on Thursday over Trump administration rollbacks…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

As China’s Schools Reopen, LGBT Families Feel Pride — and Prejudice

Before his son started school last year, Su Ge spent weeks researching kindergarten options in the eastern city of Nanjing. After much deliberation, he selected the most expensive one. He believed it…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

The activist-led Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) aims to strengthen West African movements for gender diversity and sexual rights. To accomplish that, it takes a flexible approach to grant-making, building a…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Abruptly canceled, ShanghaiPRIDE could be harbinger for China’s civil society

Annual Pride celebrations are not common in cities across China, but the city of Shanghai is an exception, where Pride events have occurred for a dozen years. But now organizers say this…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Keith Haring’s Personal Art Collection to Be Auctioned for Charity

Owning a private collection of nearly 140 artworks by luminaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein would be a godsend for most arts organizations, but it was a burden for…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Is ‘gay TikTok’ safe from Trump? LGBTQ users on edge over ban threat

Steven King, a popular content creator on the social media platform TikTok, said he stumbled across the video-sharing app by accident early last year. "I saw an advertisement for what I thought…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer each ignored a summons requiring him to show up in court yesterday to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.…

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