• 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: 05/07/2019

Looted art, gay rights merge in recovery of Polish painting

A same-sex Los Angeles couple was dumbfounded when Homeland Security agents showed up at their home in 2016 with the news that a beloved old portrait hanging in their kitchen had been…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Jamaica: LGBTs Want Seat At National Table

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are insisting that they be included in national campaigns that focus on the protection of the rights of the vulnerable in society.…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Bolsonaro cancels US trip after outcry from LGBT activists

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cancelled an upcoming trip to the U.S. amid growing outrage among LGBT activists and other groups. Bolsonaro was scheduled to accept an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBT discrimination in sport highlighted after a week in the headlines

In a week when issues of gender and sexuality in sport have been in the spotlight, new research has found many LGBT athletes feel unsafe and vulnerable but attitudes are changing. The…

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LGBTI rights in the Balkans: A perpetual struggle

Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate when they tied the knot last June. One of course, was their marriage. The other was the…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Ireland ‘still on’ for gay-hate preacher Steven Anderson after Dutch ban

An American preacher who says homosexuals should be executed, and who was banned by Dutch authorities last week from entering the Schengen area, still plans to visit Ireland as part of a…

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LGBT in the Persian Gulf: Hiding is critical

In the Persian Gulf, LGBT persons in general hide their sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity. Expressing them could put them at grave risk of violence and criminal prosecution, not only to…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Are isolated LGBTI Japanese finally about to step out of the closet?

Tomoyuki Oishi is probably the only LGBTI person living in his small village in Nagano prefecture, Japan. ‘I like the village, but it feels very cramped’ the 36-year-old told Gay Star News.…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Spanish far-right party’s anti-LGBT tweet makes star of tiny gay ghost

Aragorn, son of Arathorn, pal of hobbits, scourge of orcs and wielder of a legendary sword, appears to have met his match in a tiny gay ghost. A few hours after the…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

LGBT shelter means I can be myself

About one in four homeless people is thought to be LGBT. But Chabahn, who became homeless last year aged 51, said it was very, very, dangerous to be open about being LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Malaysian LGBT activist accuses authorities of intimidation

A leading Malaysian LGBT activist has accused the authorities of intimidation after a statement he read to the UN Human Rights Council led to him being questioned by police. Numan Afifi, an…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Democratic presidential candidates decline to speak at anti-LGBT group’s summit

Six Democratic presidential candidates have declined an invitation to speak at an anti-LGBT group’s summit in Iowa. NBC News on Monday reported U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former…

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