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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: 02/14/2021

Joe Biden invited to Nigeria to ‘marry a man as his second wife’ by raging homophobic bishop

The angry tirade comes after Biden vowed to advance the cause of LGBT+ rights around the world, threatening financial sanctions on regimes deemed to have infringed on the human rights of lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Discharged transgender soldier struggles to make a return

Byun Hee-soo, South Korea’s first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military last year after undergoing gender reassignment surgery, is battling her way back into the Army. In January 2020, the…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Military veterans stripped of their medals for being gay will have honours restored under new rules

Military veterans who were stripped of their medals for being gay or transgender will be able to get them restored under a new scheme to remedy historic injustices. Veterans minister Johnny Mercer…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Iran’s use of electric shocks on LGBT+ children is torture and ‘echoes treatment by the Nazis’

A United Nations report found the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed electric shock torture on LGBT+ children, among other human rights violations. British LGBT+ campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Jerusalem Post that…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

Ghana Parliament must decide whether they want to decriminalise LGBT laws

The Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, says Ghana’s Parliament must make up its mind on whether it wants to decriminalise LGBT laws in the country. Ghana’s Criminal Code of 1960…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2021

QAnon supporters claim COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay, transgender

QAnon supporters are peddling the false conspiracy theory that COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay or transgender. BBC investigative reporter Shayan Sardarizadeh posted screenshots from Telegram – the new home of many conspiracists…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2021

8 Bills Across 7 States: Coordinated Anti-Transgender, Anti-LGBTQ Legislative Push Ramps Up In State Houses Across The Country

The legislative fight to pass discriminatory anti-transgender legislation is ramping up in state houses across the country, with a significant number of bills expected to have hearings or votes this week. Opponents…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2021

LGBT Rights Ghana Responds To Foh-Amoaning’s Calls For Shutdown Of Its New Office In Ghana

The LGBT+ Rights Ghana has responded to calls by the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Moses Foh-Amoaning, on the government to shut down…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2021

Angola Officially Enacts Law Decriminalising Homosexuality

After passing a new law decriminalising same-sex relationships in 2019, Angola has finally enacted its new penal code which is against the discrimination of LGBT Angolans. Angola has recently enacted a new…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2021

There will come a point when being a member of the LGBTQ+ community is not a big deal – we are not there yet

I feel very lucky because my own experience since coming out has been overwhelmingly positive, with the benefit of a loving family, great friends and a supportive work environment. Colleagues across the…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

‘We all know what we’re facing’: divided Myanmar unites against coup

The Myanmar military took power last week on the promise of “restoring eternal peace” to a country riven by seven decades of ethnic conflict. Since the takeover it has made remarkable progress…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2021

Welcome back to Chechnya: How Ramzan Kadyrov’s men tracked down and imprisoned LGBT evacuees

For 48 hours, a panicked phone call and ransacked apartment were the only clues; a sign that something was desperately wrong. David Isteyev, the Russian LGBT Network activist who took the emergency…

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