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  • 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: 12/29/2019

The US Hasn’t Only Stopped Defending LGBTQ Rights Around The World, Now It’s Part Of The Problem

My first job at BuzzFeed News in 2013 was something of an experiment: We wanted to cover LGBTQ rights worldwide as seriously as we cover wars or elections. The US and the…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

LGBT Truckers Ride With Pride, Raising Awareness Around Country

At the wheel of the Rainbow Rider, a semi-tractor truck wrapped in a rainbow-hued road map, the LGBT Truckers can't help but attract attention. And that's their intention. The online support group,…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Why Homosexuality Is Not Un-African

Let’s finally settle it. Homosexuality is just as African as heterosexuality. Yesterday, we shared with you news of J Hus and his online blunder. The rapper tweeted out the never-ending argument that…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Transgender in Pakistan: Maya, the woman who almost broke free

She was from Nowshera, northern Pakistan, where society is conservative and tolerance for non-conformity runs thin. And Maya didn't conform. She was transgender, born male but identifying and living as woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Beloved transgender activist who raised awareness about transphobia killed in Toronto

A Canadian transgender activist who worked to raise awareness about transphobia was killed in Toronto, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reported. Julie Berman was found by police on Sunday afternoon at a…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

From nuns to astronauts: 10 women cracking the glass ceiling in 2019

Countries around the world have promised gender equality by 2030, but in 2019 a new index showed that even the most advanced nations weren’t doing enough to reach that goal. Women are…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

The March For LGBTQ Rights Is Storming Through Trump Country

Chris Hartman hunched over his laptop keyboard in the corner of a campus classroom late one evening this fall, pondering an unfamiliar but welcome dilemma: Kentucky’s LGBTQ rights groups, including the one…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

How gender norms affect anti-LBGT prejudice around the world

A study conducted in 20 countries across the globe has shown that prejudice and discrimination against the LGBT community remains deep-rooted. In order to determine the ways in which these forms of…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

From parades to punishments: 10 headline LGBT+ stories in 2019

Millions of people joined Pride marches around the world in 2019 and gay, bisexual and transgender rights were increasingly in the spotlight, with some countries legalizing gay marriage while other mulled the…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2019

Thirty years ago, gay civil rights campaign set the stage for all that followed

When Massachusetts enacted a gay and lesbian civil rights bill 30 years ago, opponents warned about the slippery slope of acceptance. Senator David H. Locke, a Wellesley Republican, called the bill “the…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2019

Ukrainian City Bans ‘Deviant’ LGBT Marches

The Rivne City Council in western Ukraine has banned the holding of equality marches. The local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community had plans to hold an event on January 1…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2019

Brazilian comedy group hit by Molotov cocktails after film on ‘gay Jesus’

Molotov cocktails were thrown at the headquarters of Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve, weeks after the group launched a film on Netflix depicting Jesus…

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