• 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: 06/20/2022

Palestinian Activists Ban Concert for LGBTQ Community in Ramallah

Palestinian activists shut down a concert for the LGBTQ community that was scheduled to take place in Ramallah over the weekend. East Jerusalem singer-songwriter and video artist Bashar Murad was supposed to…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2022

How Henna Is Helping Proudly Brown And Queer Individuals Reconnect With Their Heritage

In a rebellious move against the gender binary, as well as notions of toxic masculinity imposed by their South Asian heritage, brown gay men and non-binary individuals are adorning their hands with…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2022

FINA to Restrict Participation of Transgender Athletes in Elite Swimming Events

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday. FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2022

Lithuanian bishops call for scrapping of same-sex partnership bill

Lithuanian bishops have called on politicians to vote down proposed same-sex partnership legislation, quoting words used by Pope Francis to argue that civil unions distort the concept of marriage and family. Lithuania's…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2022

Singapore’s Pink Dot gay pride rally returns, as MP from ruling party attends for first time – and in a pink T-shirt

Singapore’s annual Pink Dot gay pride rally returned to the nation’s sole government-designated free speech zone on Saturday with palpable excitement after a two-year interruption and amid indications a controversial law criminalising…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2022

Anti-LGBTQ+ attacks by US extremist groups surge as right spews vitriol

In Idaho, police recently found 31 members of a white supremacist group packed into the back of a U-Haul truck, apparently on their way to an LGBTQ+ pride event in the town…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2022

Bermuda moves to recognise its last same-sex marriages

Legislation was tabled in Bermuda’s House of Assembly today to recognise same-sex marriages that were carried until March 14, 2022, to be recognised. Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Walter Roban,…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2022

LGBTQ Tolerance Billboards Destroyed in Ghana

Rights activists in Ghana are protesting after a crowd, urged on by a member of parliament, tore down a billboard that promoted tolerance toward the LGBTQ community. Last year, Ghanaian security shut…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2022

Romania threatened with legal action over ‘shameful’ LGBTQ+ ‘propaganda’ bill

A cross-party group of MEPs have called on Romania to drop a proposed law comparable to Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” ban. Romania is considering a bill that would ban the use of…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2022

Trans community in Pakistan struggles to overcome marginalization

Pakistan’s transgender community remains largely visible, yet marginalized and ostracized. Pakistani society makes little or no distinction between public order, morality, sexual orientation, or gender identity. With the introduction of new thoughts,…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2022

Cycling’s governing body sets stricter rules for transgender athletes

Transgender cyclists face tougher eligibility rules after the sport’s governing body doubled the period of time before a rider transitioning from male to female can compete. Riders were previously required to have…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2022

Bulgaria’s Embattled LGBT Community Eyes Calmer Celebration This Year

Sofia Pride marks its 15th edition this week with various activities, including exhibitions, film screenings and, on Saturday June 18, an open-air concert featuring some of the best-known local performers followed by…

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