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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: 08/31/2021

No End to Chechnya’s Violent Anti-Gay Campaign

The Russian LGBT Network has reported that in May 2021, Chechen-speaking men abducted Ibragim Selimkhanov in Moscow and forcibly returned him to Chechnya’s capital Grozny, where authorities interrogated him about gay people…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2021

LGBTQ Students Find Hope In New Affirming School: The Magic City Acceptance Academy

For back-to-school shopping, Elliot likes to hit up one of his favorite thrift stores with his mom. They often go thrifting together, and so far, the rising 11th grader has picked out…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2021

Biden urged to raise LGBTQ rights with Ukraine president

Members of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus have urged President Biden to raise LGBTQ rights with his Ukrainian counterpart when they meet at the White House on Wednesday. “We write today to…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2021

Attacks on LGBTQ+ community across UK spark fear

The government data for England, Wales and Scotland has revealed that since 2015, hate crimes related to sexual orientation and gender identity have increased. In the year to March 2020 in England…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2021

Colonial Williamsburg adds gay and transgender reenactments

Colonial Williamsburg is bringing a slice of gay and transgender history to life this Fall. Starting in October, a new musical called Ladies of Llangollen will be featured, based on diary entries,…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2021

‘Love is not divisive’ – Vigil celebrates BYU’s LGBTQ community

More than 150 people gathered for a candlelit vigil in support of BYU’s LGBTQ community in Salt Lake City on Saturday night. The “Bury Your Weapons” vigil was organized in response to…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2021

Motsoaledi frees gay Ugandan couple after arrest in KZN

Durban - Home Affairs Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi and the department's director-general Livhuwani Makhode have released a Ugandan couple detained for being in South Africa illegally due to their sexual orientation. Motsoaledi…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2021

Pro-Bejing Lawmakes Target Hong Kong Gay Gamers

Several pro-Beijing members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council are once again raising a furore over the upcoming Hong Kong Gay Games in November 2022, the first Gay Games ever to be…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2021

Chinese school targets LGBTQ students with probe

A Chinese university appears to have asked its colleges to make lists of their LGBTQ+ students and report on their “state of mind,” a purported internal directive published online on Chinese and…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2021

Saturday begins with an anti-hate event; ends with 2 arrests at ‘straight pride’ rally

Modesto’s third straight pride rally was preceded Saturday morning with an anti-hate event and ended when a fight led to disbursement, road closures and two arrests. About 100 people gathered at 10…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2021

‘A virtual death sentence’: Gay Afghans brace for uncertain future under Taliban

N, a 20-year-old student living in Afghanistan, is in hiding as she hopes for news that she and her family can leave the country. As a lesbian, she believes she will be…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2021

Ukrainian Police Clash With Far-Right Group At Odesa Pride March

Violent clashes broke out on August 28 between Ukrainian police and a far-right nationalist group trying to disrupt an annual LGBT Pride march in the port city of Odesa. Police detained at…

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