• 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: 10/13/2018

Taiwan: Pro-LGBT Rights Referendums Have Passed Threshold

Two pro-marriage equality referendums are likely to be held alongside the local elections next month, after the Central Election Commission yesterday announced that they have passed the second-phase legal threshold. The commission…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

LGBTQ and Civil Rights Groups Warn Against Confirming Two More Anti-gay Federal Judges

A coalition of 27 LGBTQ civil rights organizations is warning that, yet again, the Senate stands poised to confirm two judges with a history of anti-LGBTQ animus. The coalition wrote a letter…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

Australia to Stop Religious Schools Rejecting Gay Students

Australia’s prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students. Scott Morrison said new legislation would “make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

Matthew Shepard to Be Interred 20 Years After Brutal Murder

Matthew Shepard was savagely killed in Wyoming in 1998 at the age of 21 and went on to become a symbol of anti-gay violence in the US. After being robbed by two…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

Catholics Call for Change on LGBT Issues

A majority of Catholics want the Church to reconsider its teaching on LGBT issues, a new poll launched in Rome yesterday has revealed. A total of 9,606 people were surveyed across Brazil,…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

Taiwan to Hold Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage Law

Taiwan will hold a public vote on whether its civil law should recognize same-sex marriage, two election officials told Reuters on Tuesday, reviving a debate over a separate law for civil unions…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

The Right to Expel Gay Children From School Isn’t About Freedom; It’s About Cruelty

Let’s face it: throwing kids out of school for being gay is disgusting. Not for a long, long time has such an idea been respectable in this country. But in 2018 Philip…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

25 Austin Churches Sue Over Right not to Hire LGBTI People

More than two dozen churches in Texas are suing for the right not to hire LGBTQ people for church jobs. They also want the right to bypass women as clergy. They are suing…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

Brazil Election: Mass Rally Against Far-right Candidate Bolsonaro

Hundreds of Brazilians took to the streets in Sao Paulo and marched against far-right, front-runner presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro during a protest they called “dictatorship never again”. Demonstrators, mostly supporters of the leftist Socialism…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

The Ashers Bakery Decision is a Disaster For LGBTI Mental Health

It’s World Mental Health Day 2018. Around the world and across the internet those with an interest in mental health have been making their views known and offering their solidarity to everyone…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2018

Minister Condemns Plans for Uganda’s First LGBTI Centre as ‘Criminal Act’

“Queer people live in fear of being arrested or getting beaten up or killed. There is no safe space. This is why my team want to open Uganda’s first LGBT community centre,”…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2018

The Next Frontier of LGBTI Equality? Reforming the Gender Recognition Act

“You can get married now, isn’t that all you wanted? I thought the struggle for LGBTI equality was over?” Over and over again, I get asked these kinds of questions. People trying…

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