• 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: 07/27/2022

Life as an LGBTQ refugee in Turkey.

Same-sex relationships may have never been criminalized in Turkey as in many other predominantly Muslim nations, but LGBTQ individuals continue to be seen as depraved or deviant by various social layers and…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2022

LGBTQ activists angered by Baja California governor’s stance on conversion therapy.

The memories remain raw for 27-year-old Benjamin Sanchez. As the teenage son of a pastor in an ultra-Christian community of Tijuana, his identity was considered a sin. To absolve himself, Sanchez was…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2022

Texas suing USDA over requirement to add LGBTQ protections to nutrition programs’ nondiscrimination policies Texas suing USDA over requirement to add LGBTQ protections to nutrition programs’ nondiscrimination policies.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service announced in May that it would expand its definition of sexual discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Paxton and other attorneys general are suing…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

GOP congressman attends gay son’s wedding after opposing protections for same-sex marriage.

GOP Rep. Glenn Thompson attended his gay son's wedding last week, three days after opposing a bill in the US House that would enshrine protections for same-sex marriage into federal law, CNN…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

Buenos Aires officials sued over unjust ban on gender-neutral language in schools.

Authorities in Buenos Aires are being sued after banning gender-neutral language from being taught in schools. Local officials were collectively taken to court by political groups after they banned teachers from describing…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

Motion to oppose same-sex marriage forces rethink of Anglican summit.

The archbishop of Canterbury has been forced into a last-minute rethink of plans to ask Anglican bishops to oppose same-sex marriage when they meet this week for the first Lambeth conference –…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

WQMD – Experiences, Stories and Evolution of SA Drag Culture.

The art of drag has taken the world by storm, with the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise making it a truly global phenomenon. In this episode, Shenay sits down with three proudly South…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances in US Congress

The U.S. Congress may be on the cusp of passing legislation that would codify recognition of same-sex marriages under federal law, solidifying the right of LGBTQ couples to wed seven years after…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Double the risk for Russian tennis star speaking out on LGBTQ rights and war in Ukraine

Russia's top female tennis player, Daria "Dasha" Kasatkina, has done something no Russian athlete of her rank has done before — she came out. While seeing a professional athlete from Canada or the U.S. speaking openly about their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Glasgow bagel business owner on mission to help young LGBT Scots

IAN Brooke still looks over his shoulder when walking along a street when his husband takes his hand. The 42-year-old does it instinctively to see who might be there, partly for their…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

Gender-affirming Care: Thailand’s Transgender People Lead By Example

According to the article published in The Lancet last year, “transgender-specific data could benefit efforts in Asia to identify gaps in HIV response for transgender people.” Despite alarming evidence of high HIV…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2022

At Least 25 States Are One Supreme Court Decision Away From Banning Same-Sex Marriage

In his decision to help gut Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell”—cases…

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