• 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: 05/02/2019

You’re always told you can’t be queer and a politician. That needs to change says creator of Pink List.

There’s a rainbow wave sweeping the country this time with a record number of LGBT individuals in the poll fray. A young trio comprising Anish Gawande, a Columbia University graduate and director…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’

From the federal police headquarters where he is serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the South American country is now being…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

South Africa to host Mr Gay World 2019 pageant after China pulled out

All roads will lead to Cape Town, South Africa for the 2019 edition of Mr Gay World pageant where 24 finalists will compete for this year’s crown. The last-minute hosting duties for…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

Is America Ready for a Gay President? ‘You’re Going to See the Wall Crumble’

In 2009, Raymond Buckley was the only openly gay state chairman in the Democratic Party. His state, New Hampshire, was one of very few that had passed a law making same-sex marriages…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

With spirits high, the LGBT community and supporters marks Tokyo’s 25th pride march

With rainbow flags flying high and colorful signboards vividly displayed under a clear blue sky, thousands of members of the LGBT community and their supporters took to the streets of Shibuya Ward…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

China’s resistance to gay relationships and surrogate births, seen through a filmmaker’s own family

Chinese documentarian Hao Wu’s latest film, All in My Family, focuses on Chinese family tradition, social expectations, gay relationships and children born using surrogacy through an extremely personal lens. The 40-minute film…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Saudi Arabia beheaded 5 men ‘proven’ to be gay under torture

Saudi Arabia recently beheaded 37 men in a mass execution. Most were suspected spies and terrorists allegedly working on behalf of Iran, but one of the men “allegedly admitted to having sex…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Puerto Rico activists criticize religious freedom, conversion therapy bills

Activists in Puerto Rico have sharply criticized two bills they say will allow anti-LGBT discrimination. Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Tuesday at a press conference that took place at his official residence in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Bolsonaro Backlash: Event Honoring Brazilian President Calls into Question Corporate Support of LGBT Rights

Marriott International, among many big corporations, has gone on record in support of the LGBT community. Its CEO, Arne Sorenson, has been one of the most vocal defenders of LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Tunisia invokes sharia law in bid to shut down LGBT rights group

One of the Arab world’s most visible advocacy groups defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is facing closure following legal threats by the government. Association Shams has…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Spanish election: Anti-LGBT Vox party makes political breakthrough

The far-right Vox party won just over 10 percent of the vote in Spain’s general election. Vox will take 24 of the Congress of Deputies’ 350 seats following the Spanish election, held…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Hopeful signs for LGBT people in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, homophobia remains a problem, but LGBT people are seeing increased signs of public acceptance, including politicians coming out in support of their LGBT constituents. In St. Lucia, the National…

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