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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: 04/28/2021

Bangladesh: Verdict Due Soon in Killing of Gay Rights Activists

A verdict is expected soon for eight suspects charged with murder over the killing of two Bangladeshi gay-rights activists who were hacked to death in a Dhaka apartment five years ago, officials…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2021

Long road to motherhood: Lesbians fight for IVF in Europe

LONDON, April 26 (Openly) - It took Leonie Plastina and her wife Sonja years of careful research - poring over LGBT+ rights laws and private medical costs in various European countries -…

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Mima Simic, Croatia

Mima Simic is an independent LGBTQ activist who “ambushes the audiences in the seemingly non-political spaces” by using various media platforms to push for normalization of queer culture. By Ryan Eakins As…

Lilit Martirosyan – RighT Side: Human Rights Defender, Armenia

Lilit Martirosyan is Armenia’s first registered transgender woman, the first transgender person to speak out against LGBTI discrimination in Armenia’s National Assembly, and the founder of Armenia’s first and only NGO for…

ADDED ON: 04/26/2021

CGE VOWS TO USE LEGAL POWERS TO PROTECT MEMBERS OF LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

The Commission For Gender Equality is promising to use its legal powers to protect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, following a recent spate of killings. In the…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2021

LGBT+ Travellers: ‘A lot of the community are ignorant towards the trans issue

Imagine a world where you live in fear, and with each waking hour that fear grows to a point where the only escape comes from the promise of closing your eyes forever.…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2021

LGBTQ migration on the rise in Poland as homophobia deepens

For months, government ministers spewed vicious rhetoric about gay people. Trucks blasted anti-gay hate messages from loudspeakers on the streets of Poland’s cities. Finally fed up with an increasingly hostile environment for…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

Caribbean LGBTQ group launches volcano relief fund

A Caribbean advocacy group has launched a fund to help LGBTQ people who have been impacted by the eruption of a volcano on the island of St. Vincent. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

SOUTH AFRICAN LGBTI+ COMMUNITY AND ORGANISATIONS SPEAK UP AGAINTS HATE CRIMES

Several LGBTI+ and human rights organizations came together this week and released a joint press statement condemning the hate crimes that have been rocked South Africa over the last couple of months.…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

What is conversion therapy and will it be banned?

According to NHS England, conversion therapy, sometimes called "reparative therapy" or "gay cure therapy", is based on attempts to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. It and other professional bodies have…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

Plans for DUP leader Arlene Foster to meet with LGBT groups ‘belatedly welcome’ say campaigners

Plans for First Minister Arlene Foster to meet with LGBT organisations have been described by campaigners as "belatedly welcome". The DUP leader is set to meet with LGBT groups in the coming…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Vetoes Transgender Sports Ban

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, on Thursday vetoed a bill that seeks to prohibit transgender women and girls from participating on sports teams. In announcing her veto, Kelly called Senate Bill…

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