• 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: 07/31/2022

Thailand’s gay-romance TV dramas help revive flagging tourism industry

There is a table in Soontaree Thiprat’s Phuket cafe that is always fully booked. Most of her customers at the Dibuk restaurant want to sit in the corner, at the spot with…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2022

UK Government uses Commonwealth’s ‘soft power’ to push member countries to decriminalise LGBTQ community

The Government has made use of the ‘soft power’ of the Commonwealth to attempt to influence a change in laws discriminating against the LGBTQ in more than half of the international organisation’s…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2022

Rise of homophobia in Senegal forcing LGBTQ people into the shadows

Every time Abdou's mother hears of a homophobic attack in the streets of Senegal's capital Dakar, she locks him in her bedroom. Abdou -- who, like other LGBTQ people AFP interviewed, asked…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

UK Government uses Commonwealth’s ‘soft power’ to push member countries to decriminalise LGBTQ community

The Government has made use of the ‘soft power’ of the Commonwealth to attempt to influence a change in laws discriminating against the LGBTQ in more than half of the international organisation’s…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Saudi Arabia arrests Egyptian social media star Tala Safwan for ‘immorality’

An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube – allegedly appeared in a recent…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Russia’s LGBT Community Braces For More Persecution As Duma Readies Stricter Propaganda Law

Anna Kosvinitseva is a web designer in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan who has been working mostly from home for the past few years. She says she has experienced numerous unpleasant…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2022

Peru refuses to recognize lesbian congresswoman’s U.S. marriage

Peruvian Congresswoman Susel Paredes and her wife, Gracia Aljovín, have told the Washington Blade that they will sue Peru over its refusal to recognize their 2016 marriage in Miami. Paredes and Aljovín made…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Retired gay foreigners targeted in Thai bill

Two foreigners will be able to get legal recognition for longstay visas in an amendment to the civil union bill agreed by a parliamentary committee. Spokesperson Thanikarn Pornongsarote said that the general…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Morocco’s former PM condemned for sharing debunked homophobic theory about monkeypox

Morocco's former prime minister Saad Eddin El Othmani is under fire for sharing a homophobic theory regarding monkeypox, as the virus spreads rapidly worldwide. "The vast majority of modern monkeypox cases are sexually…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Europe’s Monkeypox Outbreak Sparks Fears of Anti-LGBTQ+ Backlash

LONDON, July 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — When Louis, a 29-year-old gay man, realised he had caught something "nasty", the doctor initially thought it was herpes. His symptoms started with a rash,…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Australian rugby league players boycott game over Pride-themed jerseys

An Australian rugby league team will don rainbow-accented jerseys on Thursday in a show of support for the LGBTQ community, but seven of its players who have refused to wear them won’t…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2022

EU’s suit against Hungary over anti-gay law isn’t a sure win for LGBT rights in Europe.

The European Commission is taking legal action against Hungary at the European court of justice, escalating a longstanding dispute over the country's anti-LGBT laws. This is an unprecedented step for the EU,…

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