• 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: 01/12/2023

Indonesia’s transgender community fears threat posed by new law

JAKARTA: Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because of her gender identity. She saw some of…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Queer or gay? Why LGBTQ+ people are fiercely debating former slur being reclaimed

The word ‘queer’ is intrinsically linked to the LGBTQ+ community – it’s right there in the name. However, the way the word is used and received by some people is complicated. While many of…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Bangladesh activists protest reported kidnap of 2 trans women by hijras

A group of about 10 hijras (traditional third-gender individuals) reportedly abducted and tortured two trans women last month in western Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi human rights organization JusticeMakers Bangladesh protested, expressing deep concern over the…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

UN expert to assess LGBT rights in Cambodia

An independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity from the United Nations will spend 10 days in Cambodia to evaluate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights in Cambodia. Hailing from…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

Germany pushes to end gay blood donor discrimination

The German government on Tuesday pledged to end discrimination against men or trans women who have sex with men and who wish to donate blood. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

England and Wales’ census records trans and queer populations for the first time ever

For the first time ever, the number of trans and non-binary residents of England and Wales has been counted in the population census. The 2021 England and Wales population census marked the…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

Indonesia’s transgender community fears threat posed by new law

Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because of her gender identity. She saw some of her…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Polish town changes mind on ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ stance after threat of losing EU funding

A town in Poland is dropping its official anti-LGBTQ+ stance in favour of being non-discriminatory, reportedly at the risk of losing out on funding. In March 2019, the local council in Świdnik,…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Liechtenstein prelate cancels parliamentary Mass over gay marriage bill

The New Year is off to a rocky start for parliamentarians in the tiny European nation of Liechtenstein, who are currently in a standoff with the country’s lone Archbishop, Wolfgang Haas, over…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Israel’s LGBTQ community reacts to new, right-wing government

Israel has made a name for itself as the most gay-friendly country in the Middle East - but the new government has members of the community worrying. Israel’s new Knesset (parliament) Speaker…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

It takes that first step’: Building sober housing for the LGBTQ community in St. Cloud

WAITE PARK ― On Thursday afternoon Alessandra Williams lifted the blinds of a window in a new sober living community house in Waite Park, sending light through the dining room. The home…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

Haitian community is more tolerant, but homophobic violence continues

Despite progress in promoting tolerance, two unpunished homophobic beatings of LGBTI people marred 2022 in the southern Haitian community of Les Cayes, say LGBTI activist Jean-Mardy Ketler and Camélia, a transgender woman,…

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