• 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: 01/16/2023

Was refused entry to Bhopal Lit Fest as I’m gay: Onir Dhar

Filmmaker Onir Dhar -- one of the most heard voices for LGBTQ rights in India, said on Sunday that he was refused entry to the Bhopal Literature Festival on Friday just because…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2023

A trans woman founded a group to help trans people leave the U.S. due to rising hate

In response to the flood of anti-trans legislation and anti-LGBTQ+ hatred in the U.S., a transgender woman has founded TRANSport, an organization helping trans people flee the country. Rynn Azerial Willgohs, a 50-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2023

Sunak to block Scottish transgender bill using constitutional ‘nuclear option’

Rishi Sunak is set to use a constitutional “nuclear option” for the first time by blocking legislation passed by the Scottish parliament that seeks to make it easier for people north of…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2023

Tory government to finally announce new law banning barbaric, torturous conversion therapy

The UK government is set to finally announce details of a long-promised conversion therapy ban – and it will be inclusive of trans people, reports suggest. The Tories first promised a conversion…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2023

Transgender Kenyans seek refuge amid backlash over activist’s death

For the first time in years, Arya Rams falls asleep and wakes up each day without a dense knot of fear in her chest. She lives in a room in a safe…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2023

Mohan Bhagwat bats for LGBTQ rights: Were Hans and Dimbhaka, King Jarasandha’s two generals mentioned by RSS chief, gay?

The LGBTQ community in India has found an unexpected supporter in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. In a recent interview, he spoke in support of homosexual and transgender citizens of…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2023

Meet the historian who is driving a bus full of banned queer books across the U.S.

With LGBTQ2S+ books under attack in the U.S. at record rates, author Eric Cervini and his boyfriend, actor Adam Powell, knew they wanted to take action. While others are organizing with protests,…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2023

LGBTQ+ groups alarmed by UK review of migrant trans recognition

Jan 13 (Openly) - Trans migrants in Britain could face increased harassment and discrimination if the government proceeds with plans to stop recognising legal gender change documents from some other countries, LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2023

“Don’t Say Gay” bill introduced by Iowa Republican leaders

Iowa Republican House leaders are proposing two classroom bills that could force teachers to "out" certain LGBT students, according to advocacy groups, as well as prohibit teachers from providing LGBT-related materials for…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2023

Woman Sprays Holy Water On Gay Couple Outside Church In Mexico

A woman sprayed what appeared to be "holy water" on a gay couple hugging in front of a church in Toluca, about 50 miles west of Mexico City. A woman, who saw a…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2023

European court issues judgment over LGBT work discrimination

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that sexual orientation cannot be a reason to refuse to conclude a contract with a self-employed person, in a case brought by a Polish…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Leader of influential Hindu group backs LGBT rights in India

The leader of a Hindu group that is the parent organisation of India's ruling party has come out in support of the gay and transgender community, days before the government is due to…

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