• 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: 11/16/2019

This is what it’s like to be an LGBTIQ+ asylum seeker in Australia

LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum in Australia face a unique set of challenges and often find themselves isolated in a new country, say a support group working to change that. Like many refugees,…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2019

Damning report reveals extent of brutality, violence and persecution LGBT+ people face in Myanmar

A damning report has revealed the shocking extent of violence and persecution faced by LGBT+ people in Myanmar and has recommended urgent law reform. The report – which was produced by the…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2019

LGBT+ delegates say sidelined at ‘inclusive’ global sexual health summit

A global summit on sexual and reproductive health hailed by organisers as being an inclusive event failed to adequately hear the voices of sexual minorities, some LGBT+ delegates said as the three-day…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2019

‘We stand and we resist’ says head of Brazil’s first LGBT+ bank

The head of Brazil’s first bank for gay and trans people said on Thursday that he aimed to tap into an overlooked market, combat prejudice and support social issues that matter to…

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ADDED ON: 11/15/2019

Suicide rates fall after gay marriage legalised in Sweden and Denmark

Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2019

India: PIL against insistence of sex-reassignment surgery proof for passport

An LGBT activist has approached the Madras high court to declare a proviso in passport rules mandating submission of sex re-assignment surgery certificate for effecting change of sex in passport, as illegal…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2019

Armenian Parliament Refuses To Hear Bill Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Armenia's parliament has rejected consideration of a bill seeking to expressly outlaw same-sex marriages in the Caucasus nation. A majority of lawmakers on November 12 dismissed consideration of a draft law proposed…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2019

Sacked, shunned and suicidal – the Cameroon sports stars battling anti-gay laws

Cameroonian athlete Thierry Essamba still trains every day, even though he has little hope of reviving a career cut off when he was ousted from the national squad in a scandal over…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2019

Saudi promo video labels feminism, atheism, homosexuality as extremist ideas

A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia's state security agency categorises feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote tolerance and attract foreigners. The…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2019

LGBTQ acceptance grew globally over past four decades — but not everywhere

The “most accepting” LGBTQ countries are becoming “more accepting,” while “the least accepting” are becoming “less accepting,” according to a recent report from The Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2019

Singapore court to hear legal challenges on gay sex ban

As a Singapore court prepares to hear a series of legal challenges to a law that bans gay sex, LGBT+ activists on Tuesday called for the “right” verdict to be delivered so…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2019

Uganda charges 67 after raid on gay bar

A Ugandan court charged 67 people with causing a nuisance on Tuesday after they were arrested in a gay-friendly bar, in a move condemned by activists as the latest “homophobic” attack. The…

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