• 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: 06/19/2020

TV exposé from Iran targets LGBTQ safe houses in Iraq

The Iranian state-run news channel Al-Alam released a 22-minute television program labeling the Iraqi organization IraQueer and its network of LGBTQ safe houses as agents of a United States “cultural crusade.” An…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

Poland’s Jewish leaders deplore stigmatization of LGBTQ people

Jewish community leaders in Warsaw on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the “dehumanizing” language they say is being used against LGBTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer) people in Poland’s presidential election…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

Lesbian Couple From Cuba Fights For Life Together in U.S.

Yanelkys Moreno Agramonte, 36, and Dayana Rodríguez González, 31, had never been apart in the nearly five years since they began dating. Their lives were one until Nov. 3, 2019, when they…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

How one Egyptian lesbian stood up to homophobia and paid the ultimate price

In 2017, Sarah Hegazi was arrested and said she was tortured for waving a rainbow gay pride flag at a concert in Cairo. Last weekend, the 30-year-old died by suicide in Canada.…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

Romanian rights groups condemn ban on gender identity studies

Romanian human rights groups and universities on Wednesday condemned a blanket ban on gender identity studies voted through by lawmakers, which they said would legitimise discrimination against the country’s LGBT minority. Parliament…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

LGBTQI+ youth still have a long way to go to be truly free in South Africa

This Youth Day, as much as we look back on that iconic moment in South Africa's history that was the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where young men and women defied the apartheid system…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

Supreme Court LGBT Ruling Leaves Out 1 in 6 American Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision holding that employers can’t discriminate against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity has a glaring loophole: It doesn’t apply to small businesses that…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights

Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed. On a visit to Senegal in…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2020

LGBT activists protest at Polish president’s campaign rally

About a hundred protesters held up banners at an election rally for the Polish president on Monday, after he said over the weekend that LGBT “ideology” was more destructive than communist doctrine,…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2020

Is SpongeBob SquarePants gay? Tweet creates rainbow of speculation

Clearly, most people will know about SpongeBob, but do you think you should give a bit of basic info for the odd reader who has, say, been living in a pineapple under…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2020

Swiss women stage a mass scream to protest gender pay gap, domestic and anti-LGBT violence

Women across Switzerland have staged a mass screaming protest as part of demands for equal treatment and an end to violence at the hands of men. On Sunday (local time), thousands of…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2020

In landmark ruling, Supreme Court bars discrimination against LGBT workers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights and a defeat for President Donald Trump’s administration by ruling that a longstanding federal law barring workplace discrimination protects…

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