• 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: 01/28/2018

Russia Accidentally Recognizes Gay Marriage for First Time, Couple Says

Russia has accidentally recognized gay marriage for the first time after a newlywed couple found a legal loophole in Moscow and exploited it. Yevgeny Voytsekhovsky and Pavel Stotzko, married each other in Copenhagen,…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2018

Thousands of Teens Will Undergo ‘Conversion Therapy’ in Near Future, Study Estimates

Tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo gay "conversion therapy" from a licensed health care professional, religious adviser or spiritual leader before they…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2018

K-Pop Breakout Star Addresses Sexuality in New Music Video

K-pop dominated the music scene in 2017 with boy band, BTS, becoming household names and chart-toppers on Billboard. However, one artist may be taking that spotlight with a new music video that…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

LGBTI Workers in the U.S. Lead Global LGBTI Community in Retirement Readiness

A new study released today finds that LGBTI workers in the U.S. are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to retirement readiness. This first-of-its-kind study, LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

For LGBT Rights, 2018 Will Be the Year of the Courts

After everything that LGBTI people experienced in 2017 — from roundups and torture in Chechnya to antigay witch hunts in Egypt and Indonesia, closure of queer-friendly health facilities in Tanzania, and a…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

With Pence Breaking Deadlock, U.S. Senate Confirms Brownback’s Nomination

Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, one of the most unpopular governors in the country, barely survived a vote to confirm his bid for a big Trump administration job on Wednesday, as Vice President Mike…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

Bahamas: Activists Say Work With LGBT Groups ‘Overstated’

THE group Bahamas Trans Intersex United has suggested Attorney General Carl Bethel overstated the work the government has done to accommodate the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community…

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Alternatives-Cameroun

Alternatives-Cameroun is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting freedom, tolerance and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Cameroon. Established in 2006, Alternatives-Cameroun seeks to build a strong, dignified and democratic Cameroonian society free of discrimination and stigmatization.

ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBTI in Latin America

"Blood was squirting out of my chest," says Brithany Cervantes as she recalls being stabbed multiple times with a broken bottle for no other reason, she says, than being a transgender woman.…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

Study: Acceptance of LGBT People Sees ‘Significant Declines’ in U.S.

In the past year, acceptance of LGBT people in the United States has declined. So says GLAAD's 2018 Accelerating Acceptance report, the findings of which were announced Thursday at the World Economic…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBT People Viewed Negatively, but Accepted as Indonesian Citizens

The majority of Indonesian people still perceive the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community negatively, but many of them believe its members deserve to live in Indonesia, says a study released…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

EU Court: Asylum Seekers Must Not Be Forced to Take ‘Gay Tests’

Asylum seekers must not be subjected to psychological tests to determine whether they are homosexual, EU's top court has ruled. Tests to determine sexual orientation are controversial, but are sometimes used when…

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